V Van Sant

libation bottles
mixed media
[various sizes]
fiber art - 3 versions

Media: Fiber + Textiles, Installation, Painting

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Fiber art, installation, and craft...

In 1998 my fine artwork was influenced by Haitian Vodou (yes, the correct spelling), especially the spiritual use of the libation bottle and their homemade altars on which they stand. In this religion vessels represent offerings to the spirit gods, and can also be looked at as a source of power to the individual that possesses one. These discarded bottles wrapped in string, fiber, beads and sequins, sometimes pictures of saints and crosses, fascinated me. And the altars with these bottles and bits of this and that, religious icons mixed in with personal items and imagery.

2009-After an evolution of experimentation with yarns, fibers, beads, and forms and imagery, flexible bowls and vessels have emerged from these earlier fine art pieces. The creation of gentle vessels™ had begun. And some of them can still hang on the wall.

1. Examples of libation bottles

2. altar example

3. gentle vessels™ are flexible fiber bowls that make fun, unique catch-all containers.

See more at my gentlevessels.com website.