JOAN SINDLERS GALLERY
I became a weaver by accident while studying ceramics at Penland School
of Craft in North Carolina. I was drawn to the linear world of weaving, the
intricate interwoven patterns of color and design, and the interaction of the
chosen fiber to create a lovely fabric. I especially enjoy making a handwoven
piece that has the magic of iridescence.
Collage is a big part of my artistic expression. This is not linear art, but the
interaction of the pattern, color and design are as meaningful in collage as they are
in weaving. To begin the collage composition, I choose a paper that elicits an emotion - a
human figure or something as simple as a damaged magazine cover. As the collage
pieces are chosen, they develop a pattern that complements the original inspiration
of the collage. The pieces migrate through the process until there is balance and meaning,
a harmonic relationship of elements that may be calm and serene or jarring and provocative.
I like to add unexpected elements as a highlight - insect wings, corn silk, fabric, and
I always include Swarovski crystals that wink out as an enticement to gaze a bit closer.
Collage suggests an idea or a form that may not be what it appears to be. I invite you to
get nose close to find a waving figure tucked into a space, a person peering over a ledge
or fleeing down a mountain, and wonder what it may mean.
We all have environmental and social influences in our lives that play into the interpretation
of art. Art should provoke thought.
I hope that you are provoked.
JOAN HANAGAN SINDLER
Galleries and Stores
Blue Spruce Gallery; Florence
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