Fox Ryde Gardens – celebrating plants, a natural lifestyle, and good karma
Sheron Buchele Rowland
I think of myself as an artist by brain injury. I was always creative and enjoyed working with my hands to make things but my work was not art. Coming to where my work is art later in life while I learn who I am now after a serious car accident injury, my sense of self skewed off the memories from before.
My art has its foundation my profound love of the earth and the living things that grow upon her. I love inter-tangling techniques and processes to make a new whole. Fiber arts and metalsmithing, these are the components of the work I create, woven in different ways to create work that while different have common points of origin.
Homunculi are whimsical figurative sculptures – build with an Altoid tin and an idea. Born of my journey through the trauma accumulated on my pass around the sun on this rock, they are deeply symbolic and created as I work through the universal nature of the damage that life inflicts on each our our light souls. As you open the tin, the story continues inside.
My pins are bits of whimsy created to lift my spirits, tiny sparks of art to connect this moment to the creative inhabitant.
Knitting the yarn colored by the plants, I create skins to stretch over metal articulations created by metalsmithing techniques. These sculptures help me to express and explore the moments of my life that have defined me as a person. The slick hardness of the metal rigid in its form, bound by the formless fabric created of yarn and two sticks and the infinite confusion that is the human condition.
In another spin, I take multistrand copper cable – the kind that was used to hold the memory information for the first computers – and knit metal fabric on handcrafted needles. The patina created by heat on the tangles is beautiful and wild.
Fiber is color and color comes from nature. I’ve dyed with plants for over 45 years, mostly yarn and wool I have spun. Leaf Essence creations came about a few years ago when I was pondering what would happen if instead of crushing leaves to make color, I instead used the whole leaf pressed to the silk fabric. It has taken much technical experimentation to get to this point, but the results are truly magical.
The same but different. Like me.