Week 10: Artist Interview – Dawn Ertl


This week I got to see weaving in an artistic perspective thanks to Dawn Ertl. When arriving to Dawn’s show room, all students had to remove their bags. The reason to why we had to remove our bags is because we can get one of the fiber strings attached to our bag and cause severe damage to her art work. Dawn only had two art pieces being displayed and they both took a tremendous amount of time to complete. Dawn had said that “weaving is a process that takes time in order to make it perfect.” She has to deal with a lot of obstacles like if slightly tug on a fiber strand, the shape will then become compressed. Dawn also said that “simply putting the loom’s in a box changes the shape of the whole art work.”

Going back to the time I arrived at the gallery, I also noticed that the gallery had music playing. I believe that is the first gallery I have been to that has music playing in the background. The whole thought of having music in the gallery is a good idea. Dawn had a whole a page of the songs playing in her gallery. I was told that the music playing is to set the mood and to bring happiness to the people around their. The picture I took of the art work is actually completely composed of trash thrown on earth. The artist had stated that this piece of art is the relationship humans have with the environment.

I was completely surprised with this artwork because you are able to see all the time and effort put forth in order to complete this masterpiece. Not only are all the color mixed together in a nice manner, all the strands that hang from each area brings all your attention. Its like if you look and cant stop looking. Its surprising that Dawn has only been weaving about 6 years now and her success is able to be seen. Too bad that this was her last show here.


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