Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Rothman Gordon is proud to partner with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to feature the work of two local artists in our reception area and conference room.
Slippery Rock, PA
Rhonda has been working with fabric and fibers for most of her life and has dabbled in other artistic media, but never found another medium that truly inspired her. Following retirement, she began taking quilting classes and fell in love with the gorgeous variety of fabrics available. In 2007, she became a member of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and has taken a number of workshops at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. and the Society for Contemporary Craft. These workshops and interaction with fellow Guild members have given her the inspiration and confidence to create totally original pieces of fabric art. Several techniques she utilizes are hand dying, bleach discharge, and rust printing to pattern her fabrics. She sometimes teams her own resist discharge, hand-dyed and rust-printed fabrics with commercial fabrics that are complimentary. Recently, she has begun to incorporate digitally manipulated photographs into her work.
She is drawn to nature photography for its capacity to slow the senses as well as to fill them, to attend to what is present without distraction, to promote healing, and to reveal the constant change in everything. The images began with macro photographs of the giant dandelion. From a distance, its geometry is singularly round. However, with a little shift in perspective, more shapes are revealed. The more she played with these images, the more patterns emerged which subsequently morphed into mandalas. Everywhere in nature one can find organic Mandala and fractal geometry, from the eh structure of coral to a fern leaf, a sunflower, human lungs, the majesty of a crystallized snowflake, to the lowly "weed" we call a dandelion. Hence, the title: Organic Mandalas. She added Cosmic to the title simply because there is something cosmic about these images and therein lies the mystery.
All pieces are available for purchase. Please contact Tiffany Whitfield at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for more information.