Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art

The Emperor's New Clothes
The Secret Life of Cocoons
October 14th - October 30th, 2005

Joanna Staniszkis - Wild Cocoon
Wild Cocoon
30 x 40 Inches  
silk fabric, silk fibers, natural dyes, screen printing

"The Emperor's New Clothes is one of the many themes in my ongoing trilogy, part of my in-depth exploration of natural fiber.

This exhibition focuses on the silk cocoon as a source of life, energy and magic. It is a pivotal concept out of which other images and associations emerge.

Through the cultivation of mulberry trees, the raising of silk worms and witnessing the spinning of silken cocoons, I have gained insight into the inevitability of life's processes and the concept of 'the survival of the fittest'.

The Emperor's New Clothes is a metaphor for the visible and the invisible, the surface and the secret contained within the perfect shape of the cocoon."

Joanna Staniszkis

Joanna Staniszkis - Wild Cocoons in Black (4 forms)
Wild Cocoons in Black (4 forms)
construction of PVC mesh, ties

variable configurations

Joanna Staniszkis - Cloth Mending  - Triptych(Panel #1)
Cloth Mending - Triptych(Panel #1)
30 x 40 Inches  
silk organza, silk fibers, screen printing

Joanna Staniszkis - The Secret Life of Cocoons
The Secret Life of Cocoons
80 x 42 Inches  
Silk noil, printed and dyed, bamboo

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