Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Craft: Fiber: Airbark Basket #4
(born El Paso, TX 1950)
"Each step is an important part of the creative process, even going out to look for stuff on the roadside." Artist quoted in "Bridge V," The Society for Contemporary Crafts, 1998
John Garrett graduated with a master's degree from UCLA in 1976, and lived in Southern California for twenty years before settling in New Mexico in 1990. His work recycles beads, tire treads, plastic flowers, hardware, and hair curlers into vessel forms. The artist grew up surrounded by Native American baskets and pottery, and was always interested in the history of the people reflected in these objects. Garrett wants his pieces to inspire thoughts of abundance, of saving, of interior and exterior worlds, and, most of all, of the rewards of looking at things with a fresh eye.
Image Credits: Courtesy John Garrett.