As a lover of nature, my intention is to restate the transcendent beauty of the natural world in the sculptural medium of plant fiber. Eco friendly and often foraged from my own plantings and wild surroundings, this material lends itself to an extensive array of possiblity. I work in concert with the potential and forces of the natural world to express, in small and large scale, a form of beauty. My job is to bring beauty into this dimension.
I moved to the Central Highlands of Arizona in 1993 after 30 years of practicing graphic design. Having been intrigued with texture since the beginnings of my profession, I discoverd the magic of found fiber. Damask linen, Iris leaves, repurposed blue jeans, Milkweed, insect wings, blossoms from my garden, and many other curious things, serve as muses to my process.
Arizona is a state of light, pattern, color and texture. I live in Arizona because of texture. Rocks, cliffs, sticks, cactus. And the temperature and moisture content in the air make Arizona the perfect environment for sculpting fiber. Fiber is dynamic because you can paint with it. Sculpt it. And you have to really work it.
Fiber has the dual qualities of strength and fragility. It's also possesses a transcendent transluscence. There is a process of destruction and resurrection that has become a constant fascination and illumination for me. It's environmentally friendly and sustainable. And each piece has a chemistry. I'm part of it. There's a lot of electrical stuff going on. Every single fiber behaves differently. Different chemical bonds. Some base mixtures can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years to condition. So it takes a lot of planning and when I show up, an object of beauty is born. I've learned to not be afraid of what happens when I enter this timeless dimension of creating. Each piece has a life of it's own and the whole process is encouraging. I feel at one with everything in that moment. Something occurs and I learned that I can't make a mistake.
-Annie Alexander, 2022.