Fiber; tallest ht. 18 in.
Fiber artist and sculptor Jane Sauer focused primarily on painting in the early part of her career and earned her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis in 1959. The work of the feminist fiber artists of the 1970s inspired Sauer to experiment with textiles. She returned to Washington University, this time to the School of Architecture, where she studied design from 1976-1978. She soon perfected her basketry technique. Sauer’s sought-after woven sculptures often consist of pairs or small groups and explore human relationships, particularly those in her own life. This trio is woven from waxed linen thread and paint is applied almost like a glaze. Her list of honors includes two NEA grants and taking first place at the Fourth International Exhibit of Miniature Textiles at the British Crafts Centre in London. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, Connecticut. Today Sauer has a gallery, Jane Sauer Gallery, in Santa Fe that showcases craft and art and still weaves occasionally but less than she would like.
Reference: Pulleyn, Rob. The Basketmaker’s Art. Asheville (NC): Lark Books, 1992.
Condition: Excellent original condition.