Oklahoma City – Echoing the beauty of nature found in the works of artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams, Jean Ann Fausser employed layers of textiles, embroidery, and hand-painted embellishments to create distinct works of fiber art for her new exhibit at the State Capitol.

Titled, Roots and Connections, Fausser’s exhibit is on display through September 25 in the Capitol's East Gallery. Located on the first floor, the gallery is free and open to the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inspired by the notion of connectedness in nature and man, Fausser’s exhibit reveals a theme that is consistent in her work. By focusing on connections that provide a sense of commonality among man and/or nature rather than differences, Fausser’s work embodies a sense of hope and optimism.

For centuries, fiber has been used in art to create clothing, bedding, and jewelry. Sewing circles and quilting clubs have steeped the art form in tradition and have contributed to fiber art often being considered “women’s work” or “craft.” Fausser’s work challenges the viewer to rethink this notion by taking a postmodern approach to her creations, fusing traditional techniques with modernist materials. Fausser uses familiar techniques like weaving, needlework, and felting along with contemporary materials such as inkjet printers, collage, and theater gels to create her intricate designs. The results are bold, textural images that sing praise to the beauty found in nature.

Fausser has exhibited her work in juried exhibits around the United States and Korea including Vision Makers, Edge Art Now, FiberWorks (Oklahoma), Fiber Focus (St. Louis, MO), Art Quilts at the Sedgwick (Philadelphia, PA), and Pojagi from American Friends in Korea. Fausser has received several awards for her art including Juror’s Choice Award for FiberWorks (2010) and Best Felted Work for FiberWorks (2011).

Fausser currently divides her time between working in her studio and serving as Board President of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and as Co-chair of the Board of the Brady Craft Alliance. She also serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, and Living Arts of Tulsa.

For more information contact Alyson Atchison at (405) 521-2020 or alyson.atchison@arts.ok.gov.

About the Oklahoma Arts Council
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Oklahoma. The Council’s mission is to lead, cultivate and support a thriving arts environment, which is essential to quality of life, education and economic vitality for all Oklahomans.

About the Capitol Galleries
In addition to the permanent art of the Oklahoma State Capitol and the State Art Collection located in the Betty Price Gallery, the Oklahoma Arts Council manages three temporary Capitol galleries to support the work of current Oklahoma artists – the North, East, and Governor’s Galleries. Exhibits in the galleries are rotated every 60 days.

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