WILD BRAID ART
INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEBSITE, THE ART, AND THE ARTIST
ABOUT THE WEBSITE
This site is named in honor of Stanley Kunitz,(d. 5/14/06), the remarkable American Centagenarian poet whose autobiography The Wild Braid appeared shortly before his death. Stanley and his wife, Elise Asher, a formidable artist who predeceased him by about 2 years, were both influential in my own art and poetry. The reference from which "wild braid" is taken is Kunitz's poem "The Snakes of September." Suffice it to say that I believe my work is of the "wild braid of life."
ABOUT THE ART
Marlene Vidibor's art works constitute multi-media art objects, organic in composition and design, inspired by nature to wear or display. Vidibor designs from her concepts of natural life, often featuring insects, animals, people or objects as her use of her inconography dictates, in natural settings. Butterflies, beetles,horses, humans, the microcosmos and the landscape around her often intertwine in both her art and poetry
ABOUT THE ARTIST
The artist has been active in fiber, watercolor/collage and bead art for over 40 years. She has been writing poetry and making handmade books with her own poetry and art for nearly 20 years. Her art has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries, libraries and is in private collections. She is a member of CLARA, the online artists' registries of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Her poetry has been widely published ih print in journals and anthologies and on the web in e-journals.
An overview photo of my Beaded Coral Reef. This work whose purpose is to raise awareness of the vulnerability of Coral Reef across the world. This coral reef has fossil coral, shells and a myriad of hand beaded coral reef sea creatures. Included among these are brain coral, lettuce coral, red fire coral, prange cup coral, sea anemones in many colors, black sea urchin and fossilized sea urchin spines. and whte tube sponge. Creatures that make their home in these reefs include the following: moral eels (an example on the coral "rock" at left; hawkbill sea turtle shown at lower center resting on a gathering of shells; a tiny red sea horse hiding in the red coral; octopus partially visible at top center; giant clam at top left; a pink and yellow nudibranch or sea slug at upper right.
Parts of this work have been exhibited at the Olive Gunnison Natural History Museum at the Akins Free Library in Pawling NY. The entire work will go on display January 17th for a month at the Hudson Opera House in Hudson NY as part of the Columbia County Council on the Arts Annual Juried Show.
More photos can be seen on the bead art page of this website