Current artists bridge the gap between the craft origins of basket making and the medium’s new place within sculpture, textile, and installation art. By incorporating traditional and nontraditional techniques and materials and by exploring scale and dynamic form, these artists interrogate a wide variety of ideas and issues, including the visualization of scientific data, postmodern appropriation, and cultural and environmental politics. In addition, they address the nature of art itself; how form and materials can be the subject of art as well as its meaning; and how art navigates between and among utility, commodity, and the aestheticized object in the fine art world. Their work confirms basketry’s status as a significant force in contemporary art.
Exhibiting “Beyond the Basket” Artists:
Nancy Moore Bess