Emily Dvorin

I call myself a sculptural basketmaker. My work focuses on transforming common materials into innovative, urban vessels that reflect abstract ideas, including societal excess and throwaway consumerism. I manipulate, construct, alter, coil, and weave to develop pieces that marry modern aesthetic with childhood whimsy.

strive to give the viewer a process of discovery. What at first seem like conventional fibers may turn out to be a subtle arrangement of piano innards, shoulder pads, forks, curlers, spools or my signature material, cable ties. I believe anything can be basket material.

My goal is to change the definition of basketry by exploring contemporary interpretations of a traditional craft using non-traditional ingredients. Thus, as unorthodox mediums are reinterpreted as fibers, I can explore and illustrate the concept that even unexpected objects that we take for granted can become works of art.

I approach my baskets the way I approach my life: with innovation, irreverence, and a dash of humor. Over the years, ve learned to trust in the natural evolution of discov-ery, trial and error, and the occasional perfect marriage of idea and execution. Some baskets seem to come together effortlessly while others challenge every corner of my aesthetic and engineering skills.

As with everything that matters, there’s a reverence and a satisfaction that comes from seeing a creation from start to finish. Like disparate notes that somehow manage to sing, my pieces represent the eternal truth that wonder can be found anywhere and everywhere, as long as you remain open and determined to find it.

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