Architexture | Kari Lonning


wood, rattan reed, and twigs;
woven and dyed
22 x 32 cm (9 x 13 in.)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

Lonning has chosen basketry as a means of expression because it allows her great freedom to work with color and pattern in a rigid form. This piece was inspired by the strength and simplicity of Japanese courtyard gardens and the color and intimacy of English cottage gardens. Lonning developed a technique of construction that produces a double wall, prompting associations with the privacy and mystery of enclosed spaces.

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Architexture (Detail)

Z-Axis, Other Facets 2-15-92 Awakening