Ferne Jacobs: Ancient, Artful Basket Weaving

NEW YORK—With deep crevices and dramatic curves and the ability to hang like necklaces from the wall, Ferne Jacobs‘s woven fiber sculptures seem almost functional. The lively works she creates today have evolved from her experience as a painter and a weaver. Since 1970, Jacobs has been making what she calls “three-dimensional fiberwork.” Adhering to ancient basket weaving techniques, she says the medium feeds her passion for turning delicate threads into solid forms.

Jacobs work was exhibited with two other artists in a group show at Nancy Margolis Gallery. “Ferne Jacobs, Eva Hild, Jacob Ouillette” was on view from May 24 to June 30, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

Above, Installation view. Top of page, Detail of “Flight,” 2011 (coiled waxed linen thread), with “Medusas Collar” and a canvas by Jacob Ouillette in the background.

“Medusas Collar,” 2010 (coiled waxed linen thread).

Detail of “Steps,” 2012 (coiled waxed linen thread).

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