If you joined us last week for our kick-off on this series of profiles on some of the artists who will be featured at Stonover Farm’s upcoming summer 2013 gallery show, you know you’re in for a visual treat. This week we’re taking a peek at the work of another textile-inspired standout, sculptor and fiber artist Karyl Sisson.
A native of Brooklyn, Karyl has been transforming common sewing supplies and notions like measuring tape, clothespins, buttons, and zippers into abstract vessel forms for more than thirty years. A graduate of UCLA and New York University, Karyl’s approach to art changed forever in 1972, when the patchwork quilt designs created by a studio colleague kindled her interest in fabrics. Once she got into attending Rose Bowl swap meets and flea markets in her then-hometown of LA, the spark became a full-on wildfire. She collected hundreds of found objects that she began assembling into baskets, cylindrical containers, and even abstract sculptures so fanciful, they look like something an alien might give as a Christmas gift.
It’s no wonder Karyl’s meticulous yet cheeky pieces are coveted by a multitude of art enthusiasts and are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, the Erie Art Museum, the de Young Fine Arts Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, and even the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute. For our part, we couldn’t resist styling her incredible work with a few of our Dash & Albert rugs in the gorgeous interiors of Stonover.
What do you think? Where would you showcase Karyl’s art in your home?