Many of these names may be familiar to you. You see, wherever the official list of fiber art gods resides, it's a sure bet that all of these artists are listed on it. As I strolled the room and perused the works, one piece held me spellbound - 48 Prophets by Jason Pollen.
Jason Pollen, 48 Prophets, 2011
canvas, silk, thread, dye, pigment, graphite,
10.5" x 10.5" each piece
With a simple, yet distinctive style, Jason's...er, sorry...Mr Pollen's portraits are powerful, conveying emotion beautifully. If you go to his web site, click on Faces in the menu bar to be treated to a slideshow of portraits.
The combination of materials/techniques captivated me as well - graphite sketching on canvas, stitching atop that, silk overlaid on the canvas, one or the other...or both dyed...ahhh.
Yes, I stood in front of 48 Prophets, totally awed by the work and the artist...and hoped that I wasn't actually drooling or muttering incoherently to myself. As no one was giving me odd looks or offered to escort me out, I think it's save to say I comported myself appropriately.
* as listed in the FiberPhiladelphia program.