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Creator Name: Zeisler, Claire
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: American, 1903-1991
Creator Name-CRT: Designed by Claire Zeisler
Title: Tri-Color Arch
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1983
Creation End Date: 1984
Creation Date: 1983-84
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: Hemp, synthetic fiber
Dimensions: Top: 74 x 11 in. (183 x 27.9 cm); H. of bottom 58 in. (147.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1987.371
Credit Line: Gift of Peter Florsheim, Thomas W. Florsheim, and Joan Florsheim-Binkley, 1987
During the 1960s artists experimented with fiber, releasing it from the constraints of the loom to create freestanding sculpture. Zeisler, who had studied at the American Bauhaus in Chicago and had been taught by the Russian avant-garde sculptor Alexander Archipenko as well as by the Chicago weaver Bea Swartchild, became a formidable force in this field. She began her weaving in a conventional manner, making first place mats and then textiles for the apparel industry. By 1961, however, she started to use knotted sisal for her works, which became off-loom textile art. She continued to use fiber, most often natural hemp, wrapping it around a steel armature. In 1963 she was one of five artists whose works were chosen for "Woven Forms," the first American fiber-art exhibition at the American Craft Museum, New York. In Zeisler's "Tri-Color Arch" the techniques are prominent yet still subservient to the overriding form. She emphasizes the hemp wrapping and includes unwoven strands, which cascade to the floor as a part of the shape. The natural, undyed hemp strands are, as in many of her works, wrapped with red, dark blue, and light blue threads, which outline the primary structure.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1987.371
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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