Art Spotlight: Renee Magnanti

Art Spotlight: Renee Magnanti

Pattern as Leitmotif

See her work in The Woven Tale Press Vol IV #6

Shoowa carved encaustic on panel 12”x 9”
Shoowa. Carved encaustic on panel, 12”x 9”

Early on, I looked at decorative objects, natural forms and world textiles. During my investigations of patterned motifs, textiles became paramount along with their history. Not only was I exposed to beautiful designs and colors but also I was learning the sociological implications of various fabrics. For example, in Southeast Asia, textiles are usually made by women and are often required at births, weddings and funerals. In Crete, the early weaving tradition is revealed in Minoan times, and the fiber handicrafts were continued mostly as a household and female occupation. The research conducted by textile historians became evident to me as I looked through books on textile patterns. This led me to use key statements from scholars in my art.

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