Karyl Sisson

100ks Fissures III, Karyl Sisson, vintage drinking straws, thread and polymer, 16.5” x 16.5” x 1.75”, 2019, $3,600

Karyl Sisson straw art

95ks O, Karyl Sisson, vintage paper drinking straws and polymer
42” x 42” x 2”, 2016, $15,000

Karyl Sisson Centerpiece Basket

90ks Large Shallow Bowl, Karyl Sisson, wood clothspins and wire, 5” x 21” x 21”, 1987 (#1/5), $5,000

Straw Skyline

88ks Straw Skyline vintage paper drinking straws and polymer, 14.375” x 32.5” x 3”, 2013, $14,500 (sold separately $15,800)

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87ks Nana, Karyl Sisson, old oxidized zippers and thread, 4.5" x 12" x 9" , 2008, $6,200

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86ks Eye Dazzler II, Karyl Sisson, cloth tapemeasures, 45" x 46", 2011, $12,000

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89ks Looped Karyl Sisson, vintage zipper tape and thread, approx. 7” x 35.5” x 16”, 2013, $16,000

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76ks Moody blue, Karyl Sisson,
old cotton/rayon ribbon, thread & minature wood clothespins,
9" x 20" x 15", 2003, $8,000

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34ks Vessel XXI, Karyl Sisson, clothespins, cotton twill tape, thread, 7" x 16" x 4", 1995, $3,400

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73ks Holy Smoke IV , Karyl Sisson, plastic cigarette tips, metal hairpins, ball chain, 3.75" x 4 x 11.25", 1999, $1,000

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45ks Opening Up, Karyl Sisson,
cotton twill tape, thread wood spring clothespins
, 13.5" x 27" x 20", 1997, $10,000

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83ks Vessel XXIV/r, Karyl Sisson, old zippers, thread and clothespin, 6.25" x 17" x 11.5", 1993, $3,600

Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York (permanent collection); Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania (The Tactile Vessel, curated by Jack Lenor Larsen, catalog, permanent collection); Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Crafts Council, UK (Contemporary International Basketmaking, traveling exhibition); M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, California (The Art of Craft: Works from the Saxe Collection); Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington (Trashformations: Recycled Materials in Contemporary American Art and Design); Renwick Museum, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Barbican Centre, London, England; Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin; Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; (Craft in America: Expanding Tradition, traveling exhibition); Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin (Basketworks: The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection); Oakland Museum, California (HELLO AGAIN! A New Wave of Recycled Art & Design).

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85ks Fetish Bag, Karyl Sisson, zippers, saftey pins, 39" x 6.25" x 2.25", $3,000

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Patterning and texture are intrinsic to my forms. They create a tactile and suggestive quality that evokes physical and psychological themes of deep interest to me.  For years I have rummaged through junk stores and scoured flea markets salvaging cloth, sewing notions and related items from domestic life. My focus has been the transformation of these familiar objects through the building of form and the development of structures that suggest living organisms, indigenous architecture or ceramic vessels.  These collectibles serve as building materials while any number of basketry and needlework techniques provide the method of construction.

Karyl Sisson

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