I absolutely love color (are you tired of reading that, yet? lol). And, Ms. Rasmussen's art delivers well on that! She has also enlightened me in the area of textile art and I am recalling even art works recovered in antiquities...
Ms. Rasmussen shares a bit of her philosophy, as well, and I love her reference to the undiscovered artistry of women who have the blessed role of housewife. Read with me, in Ms. Rasmussen's own words...
I grew up in an artistic family. My decision to become a visual artist happened gradually. First I wanted to be a dancer and studied with Boris Volkoff, a great Russian ballet teacher who had arrived in Toronto straight from the Bolshoi Ballet. Then I got into "handicrafts" like weaving, sewing, knitting. It wasn't until much later that I realized that these "women's crafts" were actual serious art forms and that there were many great women artists out there disguised as housewives. (I'm talking in the 50s, when I was born). My mother dressed me in fabulous outfits, and I remember being completely dazzled by a purple dress she made with a bright orange insert. I think that kick-started my love of intense color.
I've travelled extensively, and seeing how colour is used in various cultures definitely expanded my visual language.
My first art creations were complex school projects. They were reat works of design and attention to detail.
My first memorable art piece was a hippie/folk embroidery that I started working on while traveling with a Buddhist spiritual group in Europe in the 70s. I was going to give it to the "Guru" when it was done (it took months to complete), but then met my future husband and gave it to him instead!
I tend to do my work in the winter. (In the summer I run a garden design business, and grow my own organic veggies.) I spend weeks on end pretty well locked in my studio for 12-14 hour days. I work best that way, in spurts of intense concentration. And, yes, I start my day with a cup of coffee looking out our windows onto a beautiful view.
I sometimes respond to online "calls for entry," if they sound really interesting.
I do sell my art through my website, and have had solo and group shows in various galleries. We also have a gallery at our place in rural Ontario, which is open in the summer, and also during the weekend of October 13 and 14th, when we host an arts festival, devoted to integrating art into the landscape.
My first memorable art piece was a hippie/folk embroidery that I started working on while travelling with a Buddhist spiritual group in Europe in the 70s. I was going to give it to the "Guru" when it was done (it took months to complete), but then met my future husband and gave it to him instead!
My plans for the future are to keep developing as an artist. I'm being featured in a book about my work, by a New York curator, Sandra Sider. It is called, "The Studio Quilt, No. 7" and will be available on Amazon by mid March. I'm also doing a show at Propeller Gallery in Toronto, in June 2012.
I feel fortunate to be part of a new wave. Textiles are finally re-entering the fine art mainstream, after having gone through various stages, even in my life time. First considered just women's work, then rising into fashion with the hippies in the 60s, and experimental fibre artists of the 70s to 90s, and now, with the discovery of works of abstract artistic genius such as the "Women of Gees Bend," textiles are showing up in art galleries around the globe.
In the words of Sheree Rasmussen, from her main site, "I grew up in Toronto. She has traveled extensively, living in rural Denmark for 10 years, and presently lives in Toronto and Northumberland County, Ontario."
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