I’ve seen felt used for many things and in many creative contexts, but as I am a fine artist myself, it always brings me joy to see felt in an art gallery. Below are some beautiful examples of fine artists making use of my favorite medium. Four artists with four visions, from narrative sculpture, to room-sized installation. Where possible, I’ve included excerpts from the artists’ own statements.
Nancy Mintz, Lunation
“I have spent most of my creative life dealing with issues of identity and the environment. Utilizing ideas found in science, nature and industry to explore my own language to construct worlds I understand. Often I use different materials and processes to present a struggle between humor and horror, industry and nature, the individual and the group.”
Minami Kawasaki, Home Sweet Home
Three rotund, pink puppies cuddle on a comfortable looking cushion. They are undoubtedly cute, but also more than a little strange. Two puppies seem to sleep, one’s mouth lolling open, while the third stares disconcertingly back at the viewer. I wasn’t able to find a website or any more information about Kawasaki, but you can see a few more photos of this piece here.
Claire Moynihan, Moth Balls & Bug Balls
“With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt. She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections. Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as ‘pests’.”
Rowland Ricketts, Fields of Indigo & Immanent Blue installations
“Rowland Ricketts utilizes natural dyes and historical processes to create contemporary textiles that span art and design.” His Fields of Indigo installation, a collaboration with sound artist Norbert Herber, leads visitors through the making of indigo from farm to dye. This process is integral to his art and textile design practice.
Zoe Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on dreams and visions. She lives and works in New York City.