The Summer 2006 issue of Fiberarts features a conversation between Editor Sunita Patterson and artists Renee Harris and Donna June Katz. The article looks at the differences and similarities between the two artists’ work. While the two work in different media, both feature the natural world and portray their subjects from various perspectives within a piece. Beyond these it isn’t surprising that other commonalities were discovered in the course of the conversation. From interest in the outdoors to capturing transitions in nature and blurring boundaries, it is apparent these two were cut from the same cloth. Here we offer a supplemental Web gallery of the artists’ work.
Renee Harris lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and combines hand embroidery and felted wool in her work. She attended the Corcoran School of Art and completed her four-year certificate in fine arts at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Renee Harris, Inside Night, 2006; cotton, linen; hand embroidered; 3 1/2" x 4 1/2″ x 1/4". Photo: C. W. Schauer.
Renee Harris, A Balancing Act (with detail), 2005; wool, cotton, wood; hand felted, hand embroidered; 6" x 8" x 1/4". Photo: C. W. Schauer.
Renee Harris, My Sugar’s at Home (with detail), 2005; wool, cotton; hand felted, hand embroidered over pencil drawing on rag paper; 7" x 7" x 1/4".
Photo: C. W. Schauer.
Renee Harris, Night Dream of Daylilies (with detail), 2005; wool, cotton; hand embroidered, hand felted; 11" x 29″ x 1/4". Photo: C. W. Schauer.
Donna June Katz
Donna June Katz lives in Chicago and paints images on cloth, which then is pieced, quilted, or left plain. She has a BA in fine art from Antioch College and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Rutgers University.
Donna June Katz, Plates VI–XVIII (with details), 2005; acrylic paint on unbleached muslin; hand painted, pieced, hand and machine quilted; 20" x 29 1/2". Photo by the artist.
Donna June Katz, Around the Skies, 2006; acrylic on unbleached muslin; handpainted; 12" x 12". Photos by the artist.
Donna June Katz, Water Over Sky (with details), 2003; acrylic on unbleached muslin; handpainted, hand and machine quilted; 35" x 36". Photos by the artist.
Donna June Katz, Riparian Zone (with detail), 1999; acrylic on unbleached muslin; handpainted, pieced; machine quilted; 49" x 31 1/2". Photos by the artist.