Tufts

Fiber, Paper,sculpture, surface, mask, ovoid, convex, white fiber, shoddy cotton, cotton thread, threads, Carol Wisker, Philadelphia Fiber Festival, "Strings and Things", 3rd Street Gallery on Second Street, Philadelphia

Tufts

2012

Cotton fibers, cotton shoddy, hand-cast paper

Ovoid wall sculpture

21" x 12" x 8.5"

The colors of the materials and simple form, lines and textures combine to express the reverence I feel for the beauty and sensuality of nature. The red and gray colored fine fibers, called shoddy, are supplied from a recycling factory. The "tufts" are individually sliced pieces of cotton cording that are held to the hand-cast paper with archieval fiber glue in order to create a soft

blanket, similar in texture to moss.

As a mixed media artist I have the freedom to work in the medium that best describes my vision in paint, collage, assemblage, sculpture and fiber.

My interests in the environment, politics and war, protection, and gender are expressed abstractly using materials that are generally industrial or mechanical.

My ideas often come as a result of the process of "making" or "putting together"  unusual materials in harmony. I enjoy making the ordinary an object of beauty.

Influences are the Dadaists, in particular the women of that era and also sculptors Joseph Cornell and Lee Bontecou and painters Mark Tobey, Richard Poussant-Dart, Dorothea Tanning and Lee Krasner.