Shelly Sazdanoff, is a contemporary fiber artist based out of Portland, Oregon. Her minimal, mixed-media pieces are made from handwoven linen and concrete with the three-dimensional texture comprised of hundreds to thousands of very small knots.
Tangibly, her work explores texture, line and angle as well as juxtaposition. The work is about how the materials and textures work together in both fluidity and in contrast finding a balance. The subtle characteristics of the linen; the pieces of stray flax, the slight shifts in shade and thickness, the variation of warp lines because it is handwoven. The organic, earthly fiber against the rough concrete and clean lines. The work is minimal but upon closer view, there is a world full of subtleties; a conversation happening between materials.
Metaphorically, this body of work abstractly meditates on a similar juxtaposition. In our common humanity and desire to find the meaning in life we find that our ideas and expectations of how things should be tend to fall short of what is actually happening. So we get lost and disappointed in our quests for fulfillment, ideas of justice, toil to find meaning and value in all that we do. Sazdanoff’s work subtly wrestles with these questions of our core existence hopefully leading to a deeper truth.
©Shelly Sazdanoff 2016