High Fiber

Tarja Cockell
Max Payne
Sue Landsman
Diane Joe

January 20 - March 20, 2016

Max Payne, Detail from "Birdsong at Dawn"
acrylic on TYVEK fiber, layered scroll.

Fiber is one of those English words that carry several definitions. At the root, it means filaments of organic or mineral composition that combine to form substances greater than the sum of the component strands.

Our four featured artists utilize fibrous materials of various manifestations in original and innovative ways.

Tarja Cockell explores traditional textile techniques with a contemporary twist. She writes, “As a native of Finland, my work reflects the Scandinavian sense of simplicity in design. I enjoy the process of weaving and the unique textures that it creates. My motifs vary from abstract to representational images and are often merely suggestive, hinting at shapes and forms. I strive to expand the boundaries of traditional weaving by achieving a more painterly sensibility that weaving alone does not offer. To fully express my artistic intention, I incorporate several different techniques such as dyes, paint, appliqué and stitching, to create a layered, three-dimensional effect.”

Max Payne employs the synthetic fibers of TYVEK in a manner reminiscent of traditional tapestries. “Each day that I am allowed to practice the gift of process, color, texture, and line, to participate in the beauty and struggle that is creation is a joy beyond measure and being able to share that journey is really what it’s all about for me.”

Sue Landsman is a mixed media artist from Dunstable, who loves the creative process and sharing it with others. She enjoys working with ephemera, old papers, and rusty things to create new stories and layers of meaning. She is also a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and certified Martha Beck life coach, working with both adults and kids to keep their creativity and interest in their own stories alive.

Diane Joe employs traditional quilting technique to expressive ends. Her early interest in quilting stemmed from a desire for a more creative and permanent outlet than sewing clothing for herself and her four children. Diane received the Quilting Excellence Award in 1994 from the East Coast Quilter's Alliance. She has exhibited work in regional, national, and international quilt shows as well as at the Fitchburg Art Museum’s Regional Exhibit of Arts and Craft. Her work was published in Traditional Quilter, May 1996.

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, March 12, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. All are welcome.

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Ken Hansen,

Tarja Cockell, The Window, hand-woven linen,
paint, cotton appliqué and stitching

Sue Landsman, Persephone, paper, oil, linen

Diane Joe, Autumn Pond, cotton fabric and polyester thread