George-Ann Bowers

20" x 28.5"
Weaving; cotton,wool,rayon,silk
Photo: Dana Davis

24" x 34"
Weaving; cotton,wool,rayon,silk
Photo: Dana Davis

ASPEN, detail

1972-85 Studies in weaving/textile art: Fiberworks Center for the Textile Arts, and Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts; Berkeley, CA
1968-71 Undergraduate studies: UC Berkeley, CA
1965-66 Undergraduate studies: CCAC, Oakland, CA

2000-66 "Pacific Slope", One-year touring exhibition sponsored by North Dakota Art Gallery Association
1999 Solo show: North Valley Arts Council, Grand Forks, ND
1997 "Trilogy: Two Quilters and a Weaver," American Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA
1996 "Complements," San Luis Obispo Art Center Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
1995 "Intimate Topographies," Creative Arts Center Gallery, Burbank, CA

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, CA
President's Office, The Republic Newspaper, Columbus, IN
Headquarters Lobby, Contra Costa Water District, Concord, CA
Conference room, PacTel Spectrum Services, Walnut Creek, CA
University Lutheran Chapel, Berkeley, CA


In my weavings, I enlarge small landscapes or "micro-terrains" which I find in close-up exploration of natural subjects such as tree bark, rock or plant formations. Patterns of light and shadow, color and texture are my focus and inspiration. I am not seeking recognizable images, but am interested in the structures and movement revealed in the intimate details of a larger form, and enjoy the resulting ambiguity present in the completed work. I use multi-layer pick-up weaving as my basic structure and incorporate tapestry techniques, inlay, variable warp tensioning and warp painting, with a rage of fiber materials.

In some pieces I combine weaving with painting on canvas to explore the visual and tactile contrasts between the colors and texture of woven fiber and those of paint on a smoother (though still textile) background. Using weaving as the central focus of a piece and paint on canvas as the extension of the composition, my intent is for both the pattern of the piece and the eye of the viewer to move back and forth between flat, painted space and the more dimensional woven surface.

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