I came across a series of
contemporary pieces of art
at the Philadelphia museum
recently. Hanging threads
of knotted plastic some
with bright color some with
more organic natural tones.
I wanted to touch them and
"understand". While I could
see the connection between
the works they were also very
different and I'll say oddly
beautiful. There was some sort
of identification going on inside
The color and light
initially drew me in and then
it was the texture, air
and material. Immediately
I was interested in learning
about the creator and was excited
to learn these were created by a woman
artist by the name of
Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz.
The pieces shown here are part of her
Cosmic Series #2, Knotted monofilament, natural linen
In these works Ms. Bobrowicz
is interested in interconnections,continuum,
and relates opposites combining
synthetic materials with natural
ones while also exploring randomness,
order and light.
Cosmic Series Monofilament, gold leaf, 2005
As I was viewing the work
I let myself feel the experience
and found myself thinking of things
like hair, a wedding gown,plant life,
clouds and window shades.
It was surprising to me that
the knotted monofilament creations
could extract such a broad range
of objects as connections for me.
In researching more about the artist
I learned that she grew up in a
creative environment. Her father was an
apprentice carver from Slovakia and
her mother went to art school where
she worked with textiles,creating
and designing clothing.
Ms. Bobrowicz, born in 1928 is
an American Artist who
formally studied at Cranbrook
Academy of Art after high school.
She knew upon entering art school
that she liked "craft" and making
and thus explored the field of
Her experience is deep. She has a rich
body of work covering many facets of
textiles, weaving and design and continues
to explore this work. A fascinating
artist to learn more about.
A short video here for more insight.