1.23.2012

Artist : Jiseon Lee Isbara

I first came across Jiseon Lee Isbara's artwork last year at the Wrapped in Tradition show at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. Some of you might remember this stunning piece I shared from the show.

Blueprints, 2010. 25" x 34  1/2" Hand stitched, dyed and inkjet printed

silk fabric.
This one caught my eye in particular and I couldn't get it out of my mind. I tracked down her blog/website and discovered more from her 'meaningless squares' series as well as more recent series that are even more impressive. These are images from her new Embodiment series.

Embodiment, 2011. 5" x 47" x 4" Stitched and drawn,
ramie and cotton.
Her work is about "personal observation and artistic interpretation of her life as an artist, teacher, wife, mother and immigrant".

Embodiment detail, 2011. 5" x 47" x 4" Stitched and drawn,
ramie and cotton.
That really comes through in these pieces. Her mind seems to work like mine which is why I'm drawn to it. Perhaps you see your thought processes displayed here too. We struggle to control the chaos that goes through our minds as we multi-task through life. It's not an easy job. The titles really tell it all.

Accumulated, 2009. 365 pieces, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"-6" x 6" x 6"
Hand stitched, silk and polyester strings.
Gorgeous work, no?

Accumulated detail, 2009. 365 pieces, 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"-6" x 6" x 6"
Hand stitched, silk and polyester strings.
Here's how a lot of us feel some days ... on autopilot. Who would have thought you could make such a beautiful poignant piece around that idea.

Repeated, 2010. 9"X 45' Woven, screen printed and stitched,
cotton.

Repeated detail, 2010. 9"X 45' Woven, screen printed and stitched,
cotton.
Jiseon Lee Isbara runs the Fibers Department at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. See more of her work here.

10 comments:

iNd!@nA said...

the words and images sing

lotta said...

amazing work. thank you for sharing!

Lari Washburn said...

Love it! Gives me so many ideas, especially that long yellow list!

Peppermint Pinwheels said...

Oh my. I would LOVE to go back to scool...in the Fiber Department, this time!

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

Oh Kathryn,beautiful work you show me.
How inpiring..I have to look again and again and again :-)
Also her combination of handstiching and drawing..Love it,thanks for showing! Have to see more of her.

judykirpich said...

I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon your blog and your lovely art. In addition to having the pleasure of seeing your own work and thought processes, I have found that we gravitate to similar types of artists, so it has been a joy to see what you find next. I confess to having seen your blog about two weeks ago and have been systematically going through each posting... my daily treat. I have also written about you on my blog.
Perhaps it is also that I was trained as an urban designer/ landscape architect- although I have not practiced that.
Thank you for all the work that you put into this blog. It is an inspiration. Judy

aracne said...

One day I would like to make such clever work, and also beautiful to look at. Thank you for introducing this artist, her work is very inspiring.

lisa s said...

very lovely. yup.

Katrina said...

i love that last image and what looks like a scroll of paper. lately i am wanting to make paper look like fabric and fabric look like paper. ho hum.

kathrynclark said...

I'm so glad to see everyone loves her work, amazing no? @Katrina, ooh, I could see an amazing series of work coming from that idea. I hope you pursue it!

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