Twined linen, discarded plastic, Xray
Sculptural Basketry / June 6 – 11, 2021
The fiber techniques that I use, primarily twining, looping and netting, are drawn from the ancient craft of basketry. In my work, I tie string together, interweave fibers, lash sticks, and construct nets to create a sculptural expression of my embodied experiences. The mixed-media fiber objects I make explore the dichotomies: eternal and ephemeral, strong and delicate, masculine and feminine, free and captive, old and young, living and dead. These ineffable, somatic memories held by the body are potent, penetrating, and enduring.
The hand-made object is increasingly alienated from the technological reality of our everyday life. We spend our days scrolling and clicking, searching through bits of data, not actually feeling and sensing, but instead, digitally experiencing a virtual world. In my work, I am moving in the opposite direction, reducing my art-making down to elemental, physical, and tangible processes, to a human action that remains within my grasp. With these hand-made creations, I resist the increasingly distant and removed sensations that technologies produce. The slow persistent building of one stitch upon another exists within an ancient time frame, when we had a more intimate connection to the things in our immediate sensory world. By revisiting these processes and contemporizing them, I hope to find and build ties to a more authentic material truth.
Ann Coddington is a Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois Sculpture Department in 1993, and her BFA from the Colorado State University Fibers Department in 1986.
Ann utilizes a variety of fiber techniques including twining, looping and netting in her sculptural forms. She has exhibited her work at venues including: the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL, Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis, the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, and the Hunterdon Art Museum in New Jersey.
Over the past several years, Ann has taught workshops at the Northwest Basketry Guild, University of Northern Texas, Penland School of Crafts, the National Basketry Organization conference, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and at the San Diego and Los Angeles Basketry Guilds. Coddington serves as the co-chair of Exhibitions and member of the board for the National Basketry Organization.