May 21, 2018

Jill Powers – Fields of Fiber

Looking at the possibilities for using the wall and installation art in contemporary contexts. Seeding our fiber passions in new ways – artists’ intriguing directions.

Jill Powers is a contemporary fiber and environmental installation artist living in Boulder, CO. She works with many natural materials and processes, especially bark fiber. Jill focused on ecological changes in the oceans and seaweed communities in her last solo show – Holdfast: Seaweeds in a Time of Oceanic Change at the McMahon Gallery, Dairy Center for the Arts. Jill is on Visual Art faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Much of Jill’s work revolves around the aesthetics and science of ecosystems.  She raised silkworms in her studio and collaborated with them to create sculptural insect chambers.  Jill’s interest in insect life, led to create art in response to what was happening to insects during climate change. 

Later, a trip to the Pacific Northwest sparked an intense interest in the great changes occurring in oceanic environments as climate change progresses. Jill’s life long love of the ocean, and the beauty and captivating details of seaweed ecology drew her to create the solo exhibition entitled Hold Fast, in 2016. 













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