Gail Fraser, Impulse, 2004 Hand-twined with wax linen, sisal, reed wire, and handmade ceramic vertebrae


Gail Fraser, an artist with a relationship to the water through canoeing, often uses the vessel as a metaphor for the human body as a container of knowledge and life experiences. Her goal in creating art is to elevate awareness of ecological issues threatening the balance and harmony between culture and nature. In addition, Fraser strives to bridge the gap between the seeming opposites of natural elements and constructed forms.

The artist works with the process of twinning, a labor-intensive basketry technique. Using waxed linen and sisal, she often combines her fiber work with ceramic components. In this piece, titled Impulse, Fraser has embedded large, handmade ceramic beads symbolizing the human backbone and its structural strength.

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