Fibers

One of the largest in the US, RAM's contemporary basket collection forms a major portion of its works of fiber art. A substantial gift from Karen Johnson Boyd helped RAM establish this comprehensive body of modern baskets. It represents at least 25 major artists who work with fibers, including Lillian Elliot, John McQueen, Leon Niehues and Kay Sekimachi. These artists used both natural and industrial materials to create the works in RAM's collection, in addition to techniques such as looping, knotting, and papermaking. RAM is also seeking to document leading figures and techniques in the Art Fabric movement, incorporating tapestries, wall hangings, quilts, and wearable art in its collection.

Lillian Elliot
American, 1930 – 1994
Wrapped Form, 1988
Wood, rattan, waxed string, and thread
43 x 26 inches diameter
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Michael James
American, 1949 –
Home Economics, 2005
Dyed cotton
126 1/2 x 84 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Michael and Judy James
in Memory of Clair C. James
Photography: Michael Tropea, Chicago, IL
Diane Itter
American, 1946 – 1989
Leaf Lines, 1985
Dyed linen
18 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Carol Eckert
left
American, 1945 – Staff of the First Shaman, 2000
Coiled dyed cotton, wire, painted wood and metal
70 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of the Artist
right
Staff of the Prophets, 2000
Coiled dyed cotton, wire, painted wood and metal
73 x 10 1/2 x 4 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
John McQueen
American, 1943 –
Untitled, 1994
Tulip Poplar Bark
16 1/2 x 12 x 9 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection
Photograohy: Jon Bolton, Racine
Rosita Johanson
German, 1937 – 2007
Day at the Exhibition, 1993
Dyed cotton fabric, dyed cotton thread,
metallic thread and acrylic paint
9 x 8 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Gyöngy Laky
Hungarian, 1944 –
Untitled, 1985
Branches, cloth, tape, wire, and plastic
103 x 64 x 3 1/2 inches
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Leeda Marting
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Gyöngy Laky
Untitled (detail), 1985
103 x 64 x 3 1/2 inches
Branches, cloth, tape, wire, and plastic
Racine Art Museum, Gift of Leeda Marting
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI
Anne Kingsbury
American, 1943 – Objects of Sacrifice Bear a Great Responsibility, 1990

Suede, glazed earthenware, glass beads, and found metal objects
16 x 12 x 3/4 inches Racine Art Museum, Gift of Karen Johnson Boyd
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine, WI