Kate Anderson

Beyond the Basket

Kate Anderson Lichtenstein Teapot Girl With Ribbon

Kate Anderson Lichtenstein Teapot Girl With Ribbon

[TOP] Lichtenstein Teapot/Girl with Ribbon, 2005
Waxed linen, stainless steel:
8.5″ x 9.25″ x 1.75″
Lent by David and Jacqueline Charak

[BOTTOM] Mickey Mouse Teapot/Warhol-Haring, 2004
Waxed linen thread, stainless steel:
8.75″ x 10.25″ x 2″
Lent by the artist

Kate Anderson Mickey Mouse Teapot Warhol Haring

Kate Anderson Mickey Mouse Teapot Warhol Haring

Kate Anderson, who has worked as a gallery director, curator, juror, panelist, and workshop leader, is a studio artist who began knotting in 1996. Her knotted objects often reference images from the pop era and mid-century cultural icons. She says, “Teapots are familiar and comfortable symbols. I create then as containers to hold iconic images…The repetitive process of tying knots pays homage while reinterpreting the experience of how we are meant to perceive a snapshot of American history.” Her work has been exhibited nationally at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and internationally at the National Craft Gallery of the Irish Craft Council and the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, and belongs to the Sonny Kamm Collection, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.

Visit www.kateandersonarts.com for more information.

Aron Fischer

Beyond the Basket

Aron Fischer WorkWork, 2014
Ebonized white oak, walnut, leather, synthetic reed, Egyptian paste, steel: 24″ x 48″ x 4″
Lent by the artist

Aron Fischer describes his work as an interrogation into the idea of utility. He says, “Each object is made up of materials traditionally used both in art and craft contexts, and are reminiscent of hand tools, but whose purpose is obscured, or even unknowable. By displaying them on Shaker-inspired peg rails, inherently utilitarian fixtures and non-sequiturs in a gallery context, each installation blurs the line between the functional and non-functional. These objects aim to problematize how hand tools, and by implication the handiwork skills they require, are appraised in today’s digital society.”

Visit www.facturegoods.com/sculpture for more information.


Jane Sauer

New Basketry

Jane Sauer At LastAt Last, 1999
Waxed linen: 22″ x 11″ x 8″
Lent by the David and Jacqueline Charak Collection

An artist since the age of seven, Jane Sauer became a fiber artist after acquiring a copy of Jack Lenor Larsen and Mildred Constantine’s book Beyond Craft: The Art of Fabric, which exposed her to the wide range of forms that could be created from fabric. Six years later, while bedridden with a back injury, she taught herself how to make baskets out of waxed linen and has from that time on reflected on the individual’s need for protective solitude and the roles of mother and artist in her work.

Visit americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artist/?id=27809 for more information.