Claire Zeisler (American, 1903-1991) Untitled, circa 1970 jute 94" x 24"dia (as shown; adjustable)
Provenance: Property from a Midwest Collection
Catalog Note: Noted Chicago artist Claire Zeisler was a sculptor who worked off the loom and handled fiber as others handle wood, metal or stone. In this work, a cascade of tightly knotted and wrapped strands of natural jute falls into a whorl of loose ends that form the base. Flawless craftwork enhances jute's simplicity as a material. Zeisler drew inspiration from Pre-Columbian textile making techniques and the American Indian woven baskets that she collected throughout her life.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1903, Zeisler attended the Institute of Design in Chicago (now part of the Illinois Institute of Technology), where she studied sculpture under Alexander Archipenko and Chicago Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy. In the early 1960s, Zeisler began to turn away from the loom in favor of knotting and wrapping fibers. Her three-dimensional, freestanding works helped to create a fiber revolution by liberating the medium from its dependence on the weaving process.