Uncontained: Reimagining Basketry

Curated by Carol Eckert

Theda Sandiford, Great Resignation Baggage Cart, Vintage silk ties and leather belts, paracord, black zip ties & ribbon, LED strip lights, mesh on recycled commercial fishing net and gold spray paint on recovered shopping cart, 36 x 40 x 24
May 19 - September 1, 2024

Challenging and reimagining our collective understanding of basketry as a practice, these artists reflect an expanding terrain that encompasses a range of concepts and approaches, embodying the aesthetic plurality of the present.

The qualities of creative practice that link these works transcend any one style, material , technique, or strictly defined medium. Working with elements as varied as metal, clay, paper, grasses, wood, reed, and repurposed materials, these artists are connected by an interest in structure and form, and share an affinity for innovative construction and experimentation.

Some artists utilize structural strategies related to mathematics, algorithms, and architecture. Others reference ancient technologies with elemental methods of construction. Adapting, inventing, and expanding beyond the vessel, they employ a range of approaches, both formal and poetic, using the intrinsically human nature of basketry to explore cultural traditions, highlight environmental concerns, and address social issues.

-Carol Eckert, Curator

Participating Artists:

  • Sylvie Lissa Alusitz
  • Becca Barolli
  • Eileen Braun
  • Dennis RedMoon Darkeem
  • Mo Kelman
  • Robert Lach
  • Jeannet Leendertse
  • Anina Major
  • Leon Niehues
  • Ashley Page
  • Theda Sandiford
  • Stephen Talasnik
  • Hanna Vogel
  • Ed Williford

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