Now through February 2016, the fabulous and colorful fiber art of Isle of Capri artist Joanna Sunshine will be both on exhibit and for sale. A percentage of her sales will go to the Marco Island Center for the Arts. The Marco Island Public Library works cooperatively with the Marco Island Center for the Arts to present art shows, such as this one, to the Marco Island community.
More than 50 years ago Joanna acquired her first loom, or rather pieces of a loom discovered in a junkyard. 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.
Bypassing the craft of traditional weaving, Joanna is passionate about experimentation and discovery. She not only uses fiber in her art, but also uses handmade papers, objects
from nature, and found objects. She seeks to transform unlikely materials into her art. Her 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, the University of Illinois, and the Art Galleries of Virginia Tech.
“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.”
In addition to the Marco Island Public Library exhibit, Joanna’s current work can be seen at the Local Color Art Gallery at the Shops of Olde Marco. Or view Joanna’s work online at www.molokaiartgallery.com. Contact the artist directly for purchases.