Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday Wonder: Artist Janet Echelman

Fourteen years ago I searched for beauty in the traditional
things—in craft forms. Now I combine them with high-tech
materials and engineering to create voluptuous,
 billowing forms the scale of buildings.
~ Janet Echelman

Today's Wednesday Wonder is Janet Echelman, an imaginative, witty, and highly collaborative artist who makes gorgeous, large-scale fiber sculptures that are a blend of the traditional and the high-tech, uniquely engineered to maintain their shape while moving gracefully in their environments of wind, water, and sun. 

A Fulbright scholar who was rejected from all seven art schools to which she applied, Echelman is the epitome of the dreamer who, in pursuit of the "rediscovery of wonder", looks for inspiration wherever she is, applying unorthodox approaches to complex artistic conceptions. She is deservedly known internationally for her awesome public commissions, the creation of some of which she describes in the video below.


9 comments:

Valerie Kamikubo said...

I saw her speak at Biola last year. Her work is incredible! Thanks for sharing this.

Hannah Stephenson said...

Like enormous, beautiful jellyfish. So wonderful, Maureen! Thank you for sharing this.

Beverly Diehl said...

Wow, loved this. So much color and creativity and beauty. Thanks for sharing.

S. Etole said...

This is just phenomenal! What a joy it must be to view.

nance marie said...

i wonder what ever happened to her paints...
so interesting how it it all came about.

nance marie said...

thanks for your comment...having fun with stolen words :-) you shaped them up nicely. i is a lot of fun isn't it?

Divya said...

Wow!!1 This is truly amazing. Thank you for sharing this Maureen.

robkistner said...

Wow, this woman's work is exceptional. My wife is, for 23 years now, a successful contemporary fiber-artist, creating abstract soft sculptures. I am so excited to show her this video... how very inspiring...!

Michael Ann said...

Amazing!! Thank you for bring her work to my attention. Just beautiful.