Karyl Sisson talk
Artist Karyl Sisson speaks about her work, on view at the Craft in America Center until July 6, 2019
Part scavenger, part collector, and wholly meticulous craftsperson, Sisson’s work delves deeply into the possibilities that exist within the discarded and overlooked. Over the decades, Sisson has transformed familiar objects such as vintage zippers, clothespins, tape measure, buttons, and paper straws into abstract forms, vessels, and architectural structures. In her choice of reinventing undervalued materials, Sisson manages to confront domesticity and traditional gender roles. Her recent work with paper straws draws inspiration from cells and organisms, which inform the objects as she composes them and they grow seemingly naturally.