Monday, July 4, 2011

Janet Echelman - The rediscovery of wonder.....

On our recent trip to San Francisco we sat in awe underneath these beautiful, ethereal installations located in Terminal 2 (T2). Simple in their material (fishing nets) softening the stark space that can often be found in most airports.

I fell in love with the idea of something as basic and ancient as a fishing net being used to fill space.

Researching further I found this wonderful (and recent) video from TED (hands down my favourite video site)  of the artist Janet Echelman discussing the progression her art has taken. Being rejected by several art colleges Janet sought to become an artist on her own. Starting off with painting she was soon invited to India for an exhibition where (by a beautiful twist of fate) she discovered the art of net making whilst observing local fishermen. So began her journey with large scale installations.

For more photos of her work visit her website here

I have recently read that the City of Sydney Art and About festival (September 23 - October 23) will be presenting some of Janet's installations. Very exciting!!

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