Polly Barton

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Work Details

Untitled

2019

Papyrus, spun paper

24 X 19.5 inches Framed

Inventory ID: #16356

Paper size is 17x12 inches. Piece is framed in natural waxed maple frame. Framed size 24 x 19.5 inches.





    About Polly Barton

    Polly Barton is a nationally recognized artist who has been working in fiber for over thirty years. She is known for adapting the ancient weaving technique of ikat tying and dyeing into contemporary woven imagery. Her most recent work is a series of drawings with thread, called the Pollen Velvets. This vibrant 2-D work premired at Chiaroscuro in July 2018. Seduced by the surface of lush, matt pastel on paper, stitched with metallic thread, she is exploring embroidery, another ancient textile art.

    "Pollen Velvets" Artist Statement:

    I trace the edges of tradition and technique.

    This new work of pigment rubbed into paper and stitched with metallic thread grew out of the memory as a young girl of working in needlepoint alongside my great-aunt while she watched the Watergate proceedings on television.

    Needlepoint requires a grid, yet these color fields became the perfect surface for a free-hand adaptation of my drawings. Intricate, intimate, these threaded drawings devour time while the thread carries memory. 5 July 2018

    As a young artist, Polly Barton points to her formative job as the personal assistant to Helen Frankenthaler, from whom she observed the inner drive, resilience, and intention necessary for an artist. The year was an introduction to the challenges and rewards of the New York art world.

    In 1981, she moved to Kameoka, Japan and lived in the religious heart of the Oomoto Foundation to study with master weaver, Tomohiko Inoue. She practiced tea ceremony, calligraphy and Noh Drama with Oomoto’s master teachers.

    Barton continues to weave and shows her woven ikats on both coasts. Her work is in many collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of
    Fine Arts, Boston, The Community Hospital Foundation of Monte Rey, the Longhouse Reserve in New York. Her work has been published in numerous
    magazines including Hali Magazine, FiberArts, Surface Design Journal and American Craft. She is a member of the Textile Society of America, the Surface
    Design Association, the Textile Study Group of New York, and the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Association. She enjoys lecturing and teaching workshops to weaving guilds and conferences around the country.

    All Works by Polly Barton

    Untitled

    Untitled

    2019

    Papyrus, spun paper

    24 X 19.5 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16356

    Paper size is 17x12 inches. Piece is framed in natural waxed maple frame. Framed size 24 x 19.5 inches.
    Mindstream Bliss

    Mindstream Bliss

    2019

    Handwoven double ikat, tapestry, metallic thread

    34.5 X 36 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16353

    Ikat is mounted on felt stretcher, which has wood frame with silver leaf.
    Ocean Mist II

    Ocean Mist II

    2019

    Handwoven double ikat tapestry

    18.5 X 17 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16355

    Ikat weaving is mounted on felt stretcher, which has wood frame with silver leaf.
    Burnished

    Burnished

    2012

    Handwoven silk, metallic thread, pigment, indigo

    20 X 18 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16251

    Handwoven silk and Japanese metallic thread with pigment and indigo in soy milk. Mounted and framed.
    Amulet

    Amulet

    2019

    Papyrus stitched w/ metallic thread

    16.5 X 12 inches

    Inventory ID: #16244

    Papyrus stitched with Japanese Metallic thread, JA.
    Spring Breeze (green)

    Spring Breeze (green)

    2019

    Pastel on paper, metallic monofilament

    15.5 X 11.50 inches

    Inventory ID: #16246

    Pastel on paper stitched with Japanese metallic monofilament
    Red (red)

    Red (red)

    2019

    Pastel on paper, metallic monofilament

    15.5 X 11.50 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16248

    Pastel on paper stitched with Japanese metallic monofilament. Framed in wood, painted white (not shown)