I recently made a trip to Gallery C in Raleigh NC to see a show which included the other-worldly fiber creations of Pamela Zimmerman. If you go, prepare to be blown away!
Using sculptural basketry techniques, clay and mixed media, her work transcends the idea of "traditional basket," and draws the viewer into a haunting world of yearning emotion.
Contorted fiber forms, twisting curves, secret places and surreal faces abound and astound. Her signature "face baskets" evoke a sense of mystery, and her "multi-fiber" pieces subtly continue that mystery by leading the observer through an undulating maze of discovery. Viewing her work, one is likely to end up with more questions than answers. Pamela prefers for observers to interpret her work from their own perspectives, but she does give a bit of insight into her themes on the Gallery C website.
Go to http://www.galleryc.net/ to learn more about this artist and to see some of her works on exhibition.
If you're lucky enough to live near the Raleigh area, I encourage you to visit Gallery C and view her ethereal work in person!
(pictured: 'Trade Cargo: Passages')
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
If you'd like to see some --AMAZING-- miniature baskets, check out my featured artist's shop on Etsy: Bazketmakr
There are very few basketmakers who create miniature horsehair baskets. A Native American tradition, these baskets are considered the epitome of the maker's skill. These miniatures have long been a collectable with crossover appeal to miniature collectors, horse lovers, and basket collectors.
The owner even offers to make custom baskets from your own horse's hair. Check out her shop and marvel at some of the smallest baskets ever seen!