71nmb Jakago I, Nancy Moore Bess, dyed, kiln-dried Japanese bamboo, waxed linen and cotton, 7.5" x 4" x 4", 2007, $2,200
62nmb At Water's Edge, Nancy Moore Bess, dyed cane, bamboo, waxed cotton and linen, carved industrial foam, acrylic, 9” x 11” x 9”, 2006, $4,600
77nmb Pods, Seeds & Pollen: Stonecrop, Nancy Moore Bess
waxed linen and cotton, twined-over gessoed industrial foam, 7" x 20" x 9", 2011, $6,000
76nmb Glacial Planes, Nancy Moore Bess, waxed cotton, linen, wax, gessoed industrial foam, 16.5" x 11" x 10", 2009, $6,000
75nmb KAKI SHIBU, Nancy Moore Bess, waxed cotton and linen, persimmon tannin, gessoed foam & cane, 8.5" x 7" x 5.5"; 5" x 4.25" x 4", 2009, $3,400
60nmb Animistic Spirit (the supernatural in Japan), Nancy Moore Bess
waxed cotton, persimmon tannin, acrylic paint, 9” x 20” x 7”, 2005, $6,400
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey (Extraordinary Baskets - Nancy Moore Bess); Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania (The Tactile Vessel, curated by Jack Lenor Larsen, traveling exhibition); Barbican Centre, London, England (Threads: Contemporary American Basketry); Meguro Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Szombathely Art Museum, Hungary (12th International Biennial of Miniature Textiles); Nagoya, Japan (Textiles: 4th International Textile Competition); University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu (7th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition); Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe (Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection); Long Beach Museum of Art, California (Engaging Nature: Contemporary Baskets from the Collection of Lloyd and Margit Cotsen); Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California; National Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny (Fiber: A New World View); Society for Arts & Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts (No Boundaries: Contemporary Basketry); Craft & Folk Art Museum (Celebrating Nature). Author: Bamboo in Japan (Kodansha 2001).
72nmb Red Earth Jar, waxed cotton & linen, carved acrylic incense box lid, 4.25" x 5.5" x 5.5", 2007, $1,000
For me there are several dates that I celebrate because they changed my life. One was certainly finding my first basketry class in spring 1972 California farm girl learns to weave baskets at the Crafts Student’s League on 8th Avenue in New York City! Another would be my purchase of How to Wrap Five Eggs and the exposure that book gave me to traditional Japanese packaging, the inspiration for much of my work for many years. My first trip to Japan in the fall of 1986 changed my life forever, introducing me to the world of Japanese bamboo and basketry with an intimacy I had not anticipated. Inspired by that trip and many that followed, the publication of my book, Bamboo in Japan in 2001 marked the culmination of years of research in Japan, Hawaii, and New York City.
Somehow all of those influences basketry, Japan, Japanese packaging, bamboo merged into one career of over thirty years, in which no part stands alone. Had I not traveled extensively in Japan, my basketry would not be what it is today; I would not have benefited from my months in Honolulu, I would not have been invited to India; I would not have written the book; I would not know what I know nor sought what I seek. What an interesting life it is turning out to be.
Nancy Moore Bess