Sylvia Vander Sluis
Synthesizing different materials and techniques, Sylvia Vander Sluis is known for her collage work. But when she discovered SAORI, a Japanese improvisational weaving technique, the physicality of woven material suggested a sculptural direction. She began experimenting with armatures, using weaving as the outer skin. Vander Sluis uses body shapes, mainly the torso, as a foundation for her intuitive work with color and texture. She also creates quasi-relics that look like fragments of ancient garments discovered in the earth. Her fiber figures are totemsof emotional strength, yet their delicacy evokes vulnerability.
Sylvia Vander Sluis earned an MFA from Western Michigan University and BFA from Syracuse University. She has always maintained an art practice. Her work has included public mural commissions, logo design, and fabric banners. Vander Sluis enjoyed a long business career as a worldwide program manager in the IT industry, where she specialized in corporate training and business process improvement. Her work has been shown in NYC, Upstate NY, and numerous New England venues including recently: Sitka Gallery in Fitchburg; Cambridge Art Association “2018 RED” exhibit; Mosesian Center for the Arts “Please Touch the Art” exhibit;and the Attleboro Art Museum. She joined Fountain Street gallery in 2017 and works from her home studio in Lancaster, MA.
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