The Sierra Arts Foundation presents the work of Mirka Knaster. Knaster's "East-West Conversations in Fiber,"will be on display from July 1 through July 31. There will be a reception on Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Her fiber art reflects her affinity for East Asian aesthetics, textile traditions from around the world, and the geometry of 20th-century abstract art. Her decades-long practice of Buddhist meditation is the foundation for her inquiry into the intersection of the arts and Eastern philosophies. Expressions of simplicity, serenity, and spaciousness are the result.
Educated on both coasts of the U.S., she earned degrees in Romance Languages and Literature, Latin American Studies, and Asian Comparative Studies. During a long writing career, Mirka used words to convey ideas and emotions. After years of training and experimentation, she also learned to communicate through color, texture, line, shape, space, and pattern. She is fascinated by how different kinds of fiber have been central to human life since earliest times. They play a universal role in celebrating beauty, imparting feelings, telling stories about the groups that create them, marking stages of the life cycle, and expressing the relationship people have to their environment. In that vein, she has co-curated a traveling exhibition--Korean Voices in Fiber: Translating Tradition into Contemporary Art. And she avidly explores the wide-ranging field of art on her blog: http://exploringtheheartofit.weebly.com/ (now https://mirkaart.com/exploringtheheartofit/). Whatever materials she works with—words, fibers, paints, dyes—it is the process of composing, making, putting together that ignites her curiosity and joy.