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ARTICLE ARCHIVES


NOV/DEC 2004

WEB EXCLUSIVE:
Celebrating Nature:
Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions

In our November/December 2004 issue, Kevin V. Wallace writes about an exhibition he curated this fall at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. It's on view through October 31. "It was a means of looking back at the roots of art while presenting the current state of craft, which reflects both tradition and the influence of contemporary painting and sculpture," he writes. Ninety contemporary artists were included, many of whom work with fiber. In the article, Kevin writes about seven of the artists who participated: how nature inspired them and how they use nature's materials in their sculpture and basketry. The article includes some stunning work from the exhibition, and here we present a web-exclusive gallery of additional images.

Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 937-7803; www.cafam.org. The seventy-five-page catalog for the exhibit ($29) includes eighty-two color plates, an essay by Kevin Wallace, and statements from the artists. To order, contact the Craft and Folk Art Museum Store at (323) 857-4677; cafamshop@earthlink.net.


Nancy Moore Bess, Tea Jar, 2003; waxed linen thread, African bead, bamboo, old Japanese book pages, handmade paper, waxed cotton ties; 5 1/2" x 5".


Nancy Moore Bess, Tea Jar, (detail) 2003; waxed linen thread, African bead, bamboo, old Japanese book pages, handmade paper, waxed cotton ties; 5 1/2" x 5".

Judy Mulford, Little Mermaid, 2001–04; waxed linen, gourd, polymer clay, photo transfers, antique buttons, beads, silver, sand; 11" x 8". Photo: Bill Dewey.

Judy Mulford, Little Mermaid, (detail) 2001–04; waxed linen, gourd, polymer clay, photo transfers, antique buttons, beads, silver, sand; 11" x 8". Photo: Bill Dewey.

Carol Eckert, Persian Canto, 2003; cotton, wire; 27" x 18". Photo: W. Scott Mitchell.

Jan Hopkins, Recollection (with detail), 2004; yellow cedar bark, leaf, lotus pod tops, waxed linen; 12" x 7" x 7". Photo: Jerry McCollum.

Leah Danberg, Sing Out, 2003; waxed linen, cotton; 14" x 12 1/2" x 4 1/2". Photo: Bernard Wolf.

Ruth Greenberg, Rosalie, 1995; driftwood, bindweed; 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 1 3/4".

Gerri Johnson McMillan, Immanence, 2004; albacore fish bones, monofilament, glass beads; 6" high, 6" in diameter.





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