CONNECTICUT

Kari Lønning

New Basketry

Kari Lonning Square on GreenSquare on Green, 2011
Reed: 4.75″ x 6.75″ x 6.75″
Lent by Polly Allen

A native of Connecticut, Kari Lønning began her art career in ceramics and textiles but gravitated toward basketry as the natural union of both passions. She works primarily with rattan because of its uniformity and ease of dyeing and with seagrass for its subtle sheen and texture. Inspired by the color variations and textures of her garden and an interest in architecture, she has been designing and weaving baskets professionally for 30 years. In 2001, she wrote The Art of Basketry. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Visit www.karilonning.com for more information.

Norma Minkowitz

New Basketry

Norma Minkowitz Final Resting PlaceFinal Resting Place, 1987
Fiber, shellac, paint: 9″ x 12″ x 12″
Lent by the artist

Norma Minkowitz creates structures that explore the binary themes of enclosure and entrapment, death and regeneration, fragility and endurance. She weaves, knots, sews, and crochets over armatures that include twigs and branches, reflecting the containment of skin over the human skeleton but expanding the metaphor by allowing viewers to experience her work from its interior and exterior in a way that is both personally and psychologically complex.

Visit www.normaminkowitz.com for more information.

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