Sondra L. Dorn

Media: Fiber

Asheville, NC

My work is the language that I use to understand and interpret my world. I am a studio artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. I received my MFA from the University of Washington in 1996. After graduate school, I was awarded a one year Artist in Residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and then a three-year Artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. I was also a CORE student at Penland between the years 1992 through 1994 I have shown my work in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions and has done several corporate commissions

I love colors… shape… patterns… images…I love textiles… painting …photography. The questions I ask am asking in my work are these: could there be a common language between the tiny detail of a stitch on linen, the shape of a tree, or in a monumental architectural form? How can the vastly different and sometimes contradictory coexist and even support each other? I love the twining of these disparate images and approaches, some rooted in the craft tradition of textiles and others based on contemporary technologies. Instead of seeing these objects, images, colors and processes as completely unlike, I wonder and seek their sameness in how they speak to me and to each other. I love unlikely combinations that won't immediately yield answers and answers that change unexpectedly. How an object or an idea can look one way and when the viewer's perspective changes, even just a bit, the appearance can become completely different. Lastly but by no means least, I love the sheer pleasure of making, of accomplishing the hundreds of small tasks that together complete a piece, willingly giving each step its own required time, care, patience and focus. Each of my past pieces informs the next, technically and conceptually, telling the same story over and over. Even little changed this story is renewed and transformed into something entirely different. Each new making is a process of searching, seeking and finding some solutions, but usually even more questions.

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