JoAnne Russo

Basket As Vessel

Joanne RussoPorcupine, 1999
Black ash, pine needles, porcupine quills: 7.75″ x 5.5″ x 5.5″
Lent by Polly Allen

Making baskets for over 40 years, JoAnne Russo is entering what she describes as a “bold and spirited” new phase in her work by delving into larger, less controlled shapes that incorporate a lifetime of acquired skills with textiles. Using found natural materials and manufactured objects to enhance her precise, tightly woven forms, she says, “I sew stacks of beads, hooks and eyes, or zippers to add interest and texture. My new sculptural work suggests a narrative, a view of the human form expressed through a plaited form.”

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