"Art expands lives, and you don"t have to like it", says Ellen Phillips, a founding member of California Fibers.
|Tribal Woman - India(photo by Ellen Phillips)|
|Bridging #2, side view|
|Bridging #2, mixed media|
had paint – but those three started a 35 piece series, Canvas Is Material, that went on for years. I was so lucky to have her. My first show of those pieces at Spectrum Gallery was dedicated to Jane Chapman and Marj Hyde.
It was scary when I joined my first gallery. I showed ceramics (most of which sold and kept the gallery going), fiber and sculpture in different media. But you learn there’s no point to fear. You might as well try. If you don’t succeed, try again. It was very liberating! When I transferred to San Diego State University, it was a bit scary again – but by that time I was used to being a student, and I finally had some formal art background. And I was doing my own work with my own ideas. The sculpture department encouraged everything I wanted to do. That’s why it was my major area, not fiber. My master show – Walls/Barriers - was a sculptural installation - a good bit of handmade paper, several large twined metal pieces. wood, light, plastic ladder forms with writings, quilt batting spiral with transparencies on hardware cloth, and built walls to lead the viewer through the seven areas. Plus heart beats, just audible. Huge amount of work but worth it!
Which artist do you most admire?
Magdalena Abakanowicz. I discovered
|detail, Wall of the Past|