Joanna Sunshine is an experienced and well-known fiber artist. She says, “More than 50 years ago I acquired my first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junk yard. Since then there have been floor looms, table looms, back strap looms, inkle looms, barn looms, tapestry looms, and even a two-story tall frame loom.”
Sunshine successfully transforms unlikely materials into creative works of art. “Bypassing the craft of traditional weaving, I am passionate about experimentation and discovery. I not only use fiber in my art, but also use handmade papers, objects from nature, and found objects,” she adds.
Sunshine’s work has been influenced by John Cage’s chance operations, Leonardo Fibonacci’s mathematical progressions, Bauhaus artist Anni Albers, and the large-scale pieces of Magdalena Abakanowicz. Her work has been selected for many juried exhibits, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Chrysler Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Illinois, and the Art Galleries of Virginia Tech.
Sunshine adds, “For me the satisfaction of the work results from the doing…the interest is in the search and experimentation of technique, media, and spatial elements, spontaneity, investigation, intuition, surprise, and doing…always doing.”
The artist’s current work can be viewed at the Local Color Art Gallery, at the Shops of Olde Marco Mezzanine.