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 Polly Barton  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/New York      Known for: silk weaving

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Biography from Linda Fairchild Contemporary Art:
In a studio atop a New Mexico Mesa, with the snow capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains beyond, at a four harness kimono loom of ancient design, Polly Barton weaves in silk, an art she has pursued since 1982.  Her weaving now yields images delicately evocative of paintings, but that has not always been so.  Over the years, her quest has been to transcend the confines of the centuries old Japanese Tsumugi* weaving technique, itself a cultural ritual.  On that quest, she has followed a pathway leading across the boundaries which separate media, continents and cultures toward an art form she now defines as painting with silk.

Today, Polly Barton weaves far from the cities of Chicago and New York, where she has lived, and further still from the cultural centers of Paris, Rome, Perugia and Kameoka, Japan, where she studied.  Her silk weavings are intended to elude to traditional dimensions, gently sweeping aside boundaries of medium, culture and place.  The opulence of the Renaissance* emerges in the precise confines of Japanese artistic ritual.  The naturalistic colors and forms of the high prairies resonate with the edgy vitality of twentieth century urban America.  The images captured by the warp and weft of the loom rise from it with the freedom of paint on canvas.

In the sensibilities of the far east, the pathways of life and art have no destination, only a direction. And so, in this collection of Polly Barton's weavings, her paintings in silk, a glimpse is offered of where the artist has been, and where she is bound.

BORN New York, NY, May 21, 1956

1993-2000 Northern New Mexico Community College El Rito, NM
1984 Parsons School of Design* New York, NY
1982-1983 Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
1981-1982 Apprentice to Master Weaver Tomohiko Inoue Kameoka, Japan
1978 The Omoto School of Traditional Japanese Arts Kameoka, Japan
1978 Barnard College (BA magna cum laude) New York, NY
1976 Trinity College/Rome Campus Rome, Italy
1976 Universita degli Strangieri Perugia, Italy
1974 Trinity School New York, NY
1969 Ecole Bilingue Paris, France

1978 Phi Beta Kappa
1974 The Virginia V. Wright History Prize
1974 The George Plum Molleson Prize

1999 Evolving Tradition: Ikat Painting in Silk, Gail Martin Gallery New York, NY

2002 Threads on the Edge: The Daphne Farago Fiber Art Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
2002 Survey Fiber 2002, Snyderman-Works Galleries Philadelphia, PA
2001 Winter Gathering, Owings Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2001 SOFA Chicago Chicago, IL
2001 Earth, Owings Dewey Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
2001 SOFA New York, The Armory New York, NY
2000 Holiday Treasures, Owings Dewey Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
2000 Thread by Thread, American Tapestry Biennal III, Sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance
1999 Holiday Treasures, Owings Dewey Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
1999 Southwest Tapestry Golden, CO and Grand Junction, CO
1998 The Arts of Pacific Asia Show, The Armory New York, NY
1997 Taos Fall Arts Festival Taos Open, NM
1996 Close to the Border, University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM
1995 Group Show, Fiber Art by members of the Textile Study Group New York, NY
1994 Polly Barton, Woven Silk Paintings, Laurel Seth Gallery Santa Fe, NM
1992 Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Open Taos, NM
1992 Material Matters, Fiber Art by members of The Textile Study Group New York, NY
1992 KOKORO: Heart-minded, Oomoto Alumni Art Exhibition Kameoka, Japan
1992 Gallery North Setauket, NY
1991 Studio Opening New York, NY
1984 Recent Acquisitions: 1974-1984, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine New York, NY
1997 Honorable mention "Crafts", Taos Open Taos, NM
1986 "Stanley Mendelbaum Award", juried exhibition of the New York Guild of Handweavers New York
1985 Jurors' Award, juried exhibition of the New York Guild of Handweavers New York
1984 "Best of Show Award", Convergence '84 Dallas, TX

Davis, Polk & Wardwell London, England and New York
The Tobin Collection Santa Fe, NM
The Oomoto Foundation Kameoka, Japan

The Daphne Fargo Collection Boston, MA
Dr. Guido Goldman New York, NY
Richard and Lois Abraham Taos, NM
The Reverand and Mrs. Ledlie Laughlin, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine New York, NY
Grace Cathedral San Francisco, CA
The Church of the Heavenly Rest New York, NY
The Reverend and Caroline Chinlund New York, NY
The Reverend and Mrs. James Parks Morton New York, NY
Clare Rockefeller Buden New York, NY
John Krysco and Nancy Rosanoff Pleasantville, NY
Lavinia Currier The Plains, VA
Richard and Peggy Danziger New York, NY
Daniel and Johanna Rose New York, NY
Lily Auchincloss New York, NY
Jean MacAusland New York, NY
Alexandra Munroe New York, NY
Lucia Kellar New York, NY
Beverly Hall Nantucket, MA
Ivan Illich Cuernevaca, Mexico
Mary Talyor Simeti Palermo, Italy
Santiago Calatrava Geneva Switzerland
William Irwin Thompson Cretone, CO
Nathanial Owings and Page Allen Santa Fe, NM
Surface Design Journal, Summer 2001
HALI Magazine, "Design File", Winter 2000
Surface Design Journal, Spring 1989 and 1999
Santa Fe New Mexican, November 1994
Fiber Arts, September, October 1984

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