Wendy Weiss

Wendy Weiss

Artist
Profile Location
Lincoln , NE
Biography

Wendy Weiss is an artist and weaver who uses natural dyes that she cultivates and collects locally.  She was awarded a 2014–15 Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Award, to follow-up on a previous Fulbright Award in 2009 to document ikat textiles from an artist’s perspective in India, and is a past recipient of two Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowships, as well as a Winterthur Residential Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is senior editor for the Textile Society of America and former board member and professor emerita of textile design in at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches workshops on creative applications of warp ikat and natural dye. She collaborates with Jay Kreimer on a range of installation projects using diverse materials.

 

Artist Statement

It turns out we’re landscape artists. What a surprise. Not for Wendy, who loves trees, lots of them, and walks dogs through them whenever she can. But we’re collaborators and when collaborating we adopt elements of each other’s aesthetic as material in our work. This surprises and invigorates. In Waterline, we’re taking elements we’ve extracted from the local environment, tree shapes, natural dyes, recycled and dirt cheap lumber, a satellite dish motor, thrift store electronics, monofilament and nylon rods, and restored a semblance of the natural. The hints come from materials themselves; the wood grain patterns in floor underlayment suggests trees beyond the trees they came from. And the hints come from each other. The hollowed tree shape looks uncannily like the rough drawings of winter trees Wendy made in 2010, but they did not flow from those drawings. And the umbilical connections? It’s collaborative.

Medium
Metal / Jewelry
 
 

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