Shelly Sazdanoff, is a contemporary fiber artist based out of Portland, Oregon. Her minimal, mixed-media pieces are made from handwoven natural fibers and painted and/or molded concrete.
Sazdanoff’s work explores texture, line and angle as well as juxtaposition. It’s about how the materials and textures work together in both fluidity and in contrast finding a balance. Sazdanoff, is drawn to the subtle characteristics of the natural fiber; the pieces of stray flax, the slight shifts in shade and thickness, the variation of warp lines because it is handwoven and the organic, earthly fiber against the rough concrete and clean lines. The pieces are minimal but upon closer view, there is a world full of subtleties; a conversation happening between materials.
The work is about control; both our grasp for it as well as our lack of it. The linear angles and patterns are as much about our human aim for perfection as they are about visual perfection. But still, the work is made by human hands and will therefore have human error by default, but those moments of intersection are pivotal and beautiful.
2018 Permanence In The Fleeting, Shortcut Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2019 Interstate, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA (Upcoming)
2019 Throughline, Ritual Dyes, Portland, OR
2018 Group Exhibition for Area Industry, Disjecta, Portland, OR
2017 Woodshop Woodshop Gallery, Portland, OR
2017 The Modern Craft Of Fiber Art Kat & Maouche Portland, OR
©Shelly Sazdanoff 2019