Jean Poythress KoonFor the last decade I have been exploring the potential of combining of salvaged metals and coiled pine needle basketry to create sculptural forms. It has been a good artistic fit and has become my voice – a vehicle for expressing my deep grief and concerns for what Humankind is doing to our Planet and to one another.
As the resulting global pandemic shut down our way of life and images of microscopic viruses dominated the media, a series of sculptures I call Under the Scope has resulted. Armatures created from coiled pine needles, clad with cones fashioned from strips I cut from aluminum soda cans replicate those images. I am discovering I can stack these orbs to form totems. Not sure where this is leading me but it has become my solace in these troubled times.
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