Piri Kaethe Friedman 805.451.1058 firstname.lastname@example.org
My two-dimensional works express moments of abstracted experience via collage, using vintage kimono scraps, quilt cottons or found papers. Recent work incorporates line (ink), building on a dimension of meaning, which I augment with the lost and found of layering. Assemblage and mixed media afford me additional means to evoke a fragment of storyline or personal myth. From childhood the faded grace of old Vermont quilts, Watt’s towers, African textile patterns, illustrations in old children’s books, the design of poetry on a page all moved me. Images from childhood and the present co-mingle to reinterpret references of a lifetime. Thus I draw from a jumbled repository of Picasso, outsider art, Cezanne, antique kimonos and Matisse. Hypnotic geometrics of farmland I saw from the air would become an “Aha!” moment decades later when introduced to Diebenkorn paintings. Nevelson’s wooden box sculptures and de Kooning women reside there among Mexican tin icons, old maps, Japanese and Persian calligraphy, Paul Klee, a flying Pegasus, African masks – the inventory of influences goes on. My art bins overflow with gathered scraps of papers, silks, rusty metal, letter and number forms, broken toys and ice-fishing decoys I seem to need to peruse daily like visual vitamins. In their own time, they rise up to coalesce into a piece. Carol Erickson was my calligraphy teacher in Portland. In Santa Barbara I count myself lucky to have found as teachers Siu Zimmerman, Tony Askew, Susan Tibbles, Karen Brody and Barbara McIntyre. Member: Abstract Art Collective, Santa Barbara Art Association, Carpinteria Arts Council, Goleta Valley Art Association. I have exhibited in Portland, Oregon, and in Santa Barbara: Jewish Community Center, Carpinteria Arts Center Gallery, The Faulkner Gallery, Gallery 113, Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, S.B. Tennis Club curated by Susan Tibbles, Goleta Valley Library, Meisel Gallery, PCC Calligraphy Group, The YES Store, Some of my work is now in private collections.