Nature Observed, Barbara Westman

May 29 -  August 2
Opening Reception: June 1, 6-8 pm

Grass 3, black industrial fabric by Barbara Westman

Grass 3, black industrial fabric by Barbara Westman

My work in both areas: printmaking and fiber art reflect my interest in natural and man-made world. The richness of textures, structures and forms in our environment inspire me. I look for the beauty in microscopic detail or in a large architectural structure. My methodology is consistent: I look, analyze, deconstruct, build and assemble my vision. Materials and techniques are similar in all my work, but in each piece there is a new view of my experience. My works are mostly monochromatic or achromatic to maintain the simplicity and to focus on composition and textures.

By continuing work in a series, I create a representation of my observations and recollections. I analyze while searching for answers on the co-existing of two worlds: nature and man-made.

Originally from Poland, Barbara Westman moved to the United States in 2002. She obtained a dual  Masters Degree in Fiber Arts and Printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland (currently: University of Arts). As an Associate Professor in Fiber Art and Printmaking at Slippery Rock University, she divides her time between teaching and working on her own art. She enjoys fiber art and printmaking equally, focusing her interest in textures and  structures, whether natural or man-made into her works.

Westman’s work has been featured in numerous international  exhibitions including Incisioni al Femminile, 2017 Edition, Atelier Controsegno, Napoli, Italy; 10th Baltic Mini Textile 2016, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodź, Poland; 8th International Printmaking Biennial Douro, Portugal; 14th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria; From Lausanne to Beijing and the 8th International Fiber Art Biennale, Beijing/Nantong, China. Additionally, her work has been     featured at venues throughout the US including Pittsburgh Center for The Arts; Spinning Plate Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; Sweetwater Center for The Arts, Sewickley, PA; Kurier Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Alice C. Sabatini Gallery at TSCPL, Topeka, KS; the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY and many others.