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Adela Akers
Born: 1933, Santiago de Compostela, Spain resides in the US
Adela Akers
51aa BASKET, Adela Akers, linen, horsehair, paint & metail foil, 42" x 43", 2012, $9,000
Adela Akers 50aa
Landscape Transformed
Adela Akers
linen, horsehair, paint & metal foil
73" x 32" x 2", 2011
$10,000
Adela Akers 43aa
CIRCLES IN A SQUARE
Adela Akers
linen, horsehair
& paint

50" x 50"
2010
$10,000
Adela Akers 41aa
ENTRANCE/EXIT
Adela Akers
linen, horsehair
and metal

68" x 42"
172.75cm x 106.75cm
2009
$9,800
Adela Akers
38aa TRACED MEMORIES, Adela Akers, linen, horsehair, metal foil and paint, 48" x 58", 2007
$8,800
MARY GILES ARTIFACT 40aa
BROKEN CIRCLE
Adela Akers
linen, horsehair and paint

63 " x 42", 2008
$9,000
Adela Akers 11aa
MIDNIGHT

Adela Akers
sisal, linen
and wool

74" x 84" x 6"
1988
$16,000
adela akers

50aa FIVE WINDOWS, Adela Akers, linen and metal foil, 29" x 60", 2005, $9,000
photo by Bob Stender

Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, New York (Jacquard Textiles, traveling exhibition); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; Modern Masters Tapestry (solo exhibition); Johnson Wax Collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; American Craft Museum, New York, New York (Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical, traveling exhibition); Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan (Pacesetters & Prototypes: Weavers); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (solo exhibition); Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio (Fiberworks); Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, California.

Recipient: Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Award, Flintridge Foundation; Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts; Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Fellow: American Craft Council.
adela akers 28aa
MORNING GATE

Adela Akers
linen, horsehair and metal foil

25" x 23", 2005
$3,200
Statement:
Before attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art, I completed studies to be pharmacist. My background in science has strongly influenced my artwork. The choice of materials and process emerges from that experience. There is a mathematical discipline in the way the work is constructed. This mathematical sequence is in strong contrast to the to the organic process (handweaving) and materials (linen and horsehair) that bring the work to fruition.

Even when I don’t know the outcome, it is the transformation of the materials by the repetitive hand manipulation that leads me to the final expression. It is always a discovery when reaching the end.

All the steps are important and contribute to the final work. Narrow strips are woven sequentially; horsehair is inserted at intervals. When the metal foil is used, it is cut in narrow bands to fit at intervals.

It is my intention to externalize both process and materials and their interaction in order to create a richer surface, which is the focus of the work. In the search for answers or solutions, the questions get better and the possibility of a miracle is ever present. The completion of each piece raises questions that form the fabric of work to come.


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adela akers 13aa
ANGLED BLUE

Adela Akers
sisal, linen and wool

42" x 42", 1989
$3,200

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