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A Holly Sphar
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: When I first started working with fibers, I thought of my work as paintings or drawings, which just happen to use thread, twine, wire, textiles, or other media. Over the years, though, the natural qualities of fiber in my work began to stand out and become more important even as the tactile in today’s internet-obsessed age seems to lose relevance. The repetitive nature of pattern and the hard-edged, rigid nature of “the stitch” align my thread-marks with an industrial product. At the same time, each individual filament of a thread has connotations of fiber optics or network cables. The individual stitches begin to take on characteristics of text on a display, lines of programming, or pixels, thus aligning the seemingly craft-oriented, industrial construction method with the more artificial and arguably colder digital realm. These contrasting aspects of my work should feel very familiar to contemporary viewers. Anyone who lives and works surrounded by a computer, cell phone, power lines, ring tones, tv remotes, and the other pieces of technology that makes their world progress has probably thought about their life in terms of conduits and connections. In my work I am attempting to map the physical and mental aspects of a person or personality and describe this person in terms of connectivity, and the exchange of ideas. The relationship of our physical, analog pasts to the present digital world creates a fibrous map of each subject’s place in today’s rapidly changing society and the alignment of the traditional with the contemporary .
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  • Color study u.k.3
    2019
    Colored pencil on bond
    8.5" x 11"

  • L.A.
    2014-2017
    Mixed fibers
    Need to upload a better picture. Just getting this up now.

  • W.S. (in progress)
    2018
    Mixed fibers
    About 16" x 20"

  • U.K.3 (in progress)
    2019
    Mixed fibers
    About 36" x 40"

  • Piece of La
    2016
    Digital print
    50"x 24.5
    archival print of enlarged fiber work.

  • Hooky Kid
    2010
    cotton and synthetic fibers
    17" x 29"

  • Hooky Kid (detail)

  • L.A.
    2014-2015 (in progress)
    Mixed fibers
    approx 18"x 27

  • L.A. (detail)
    2015

  • L.A. (study)
    2014
    Mixed fibers
    9" x 14"

  • G.D.O.
    2012
    Mixed fibers
    18" x 16"

  • Untitled

  • Baseball Player
    2009
    Mixed fibers

  • U.K.2 (in progress)
    2001-2003, 2011 (in progress)
    Mixed media
    3.5'x 4' ish

  • U.k.
    Mixed fibers
    21" x 30"

  • U.K. (detail)
 








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