Sanat Eleştirmeni Lütfiye Bozdağ
Sanat Eleştirmeni Lütfiye Bozdağ, 18 Mart 2016

An important representative of artistic textiles: An interview with Adrienne Sloane on the production of her art

Adrienne Sloane is a recognized and acclaimed artist in Turkish art scene. Sloane produces textile and fiber art works. Sloane's works create a link between craft and art. It could be described as "craft-based, focusing on contemporary art production of" Adrienne's work come together, facing the arts and crafts. We asked her questions to get to know her more closely.

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YASAL UYARI! (Telif Hakkı ©)

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Lütfiye Bozdağ: Hello Adrienne Sloane, You are an acknowledged and admired artist in Turkish artistic sphere. Currently there is a mixed exhibition that displays your collections as well. I would like to ask you some questions to better understand your artistic and personal track. Here comes the first question. What made you choose to produce artistic textile and fiber works, what was the bonus that attracted you towards this art form?

Adrienne Sloane: Though I experimented with a variety of media growing up, I was always drawn to textiles. For some unknown reason, I bought a used knitting machine in the mid-1980’s and when I learned how versatile knitting was, I got hooked. I then spent a decade designing and producing knit sculptural hats. When my studio burned down in 1999, it took me five years to come back to the medium with new intent. I have used my work since then to make commentary on the world as I see it.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: What lies behind the idea of creating a new work? Do you first make plans and then create? What is the method you follow while creating your works?

Adrienne Sloane: My work is often informed by my reactions to the news that pours out of my studio radio as I work. I tend not to draw out ideas in advance. Instead, an image will form in my head that may take several incarnations to execute. I also keep a growing pile of odds and ends, small mistakes and ideas that I can draw on to help complete a concept using a fair amount of trial and error to get a piece right. One piece often leads to another.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: In terms of conceptualization, is it a challenge to employ textile and fiber techniques? Does using textile and fiber bring you any advantages in the creation of your artistic expression?

Adrienne Sloane: Each artistic medium has its advantages and strengths. In fiber, flexibility and fluidity come to mind as strengths. I am primarily interested in 3 dimensional work and it is occasionally a challenge to find structural elements that can provide the kind of support I am looking for.

The scope of work currently being accepted into contemporary fiber shows seems to have broadened recently to include new technologies or work that references fiber but may not actually be made of fiber. I have started to experiment with transforming textile techniques into ceramic with exciting results and look forward to continuing to experiment in this medium.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: As you are aware, there used to be conflicting views for a while about art and craft. Today we are way beyond that for sure, but I still have one inquiry. In your personal works what is the relation between art and craft? What would like to note about that connection?

Adrienne Sloane: I value a well-crafted piece but ultimately it also needs to have an artistic presence for it to work for me.

It feels like the art versus craft debate dialog has evolved and will ultimately become irrelevant as the boundaries across disciplines become ever more fluid. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts currently has on view an exhibit called Craftism which they describe as: “focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design.”


Lütfiye Bozdağ: I absolutely have no implication to view your works from a gender perspective, but still I cannot help but wonder if being a woman has any direct or indirect effects on your artistic textile and fiber works? Or does it require a perspective different from a male artist?

Adrienne Sloane: Fiber has a long and rich history of being a female domain and the predominance of contemporary fiber artists are women. The very fact of choosing fiber as an expressive means might be seen as a gender statement. Turning this historically female craft into an art form means softening the artistic space in a way that allows a female voice to be heard. This is also, no doubt, why fiber has had difficulty gaining recognition in the fine art world.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: I am aware that you also conduct researches on the cultures of Bolivia and Peru. Would you briefly mention the effect of your interaction with their culture on your artistic creation?

Adrienne Sloane: I have not so much been conducting research as providing technical assistance for different NGO’s working in Fair Trade in these countries. This November, I worked with three small groups in Peru, two south of Lima and one in the highlands (12,500 feet) in a town called Huancavalica. I was asked to help improve efficiencies as well as provide technical help to these groups for products that are being marketed through the American group, Partners for Just Trade.

Traveling with purpose intrigues me and I love being able to integrate my love of textiles with my fascination with other cultures. I am always in awe of cultures, like Peru (and Turkey, for that matter) that have such exquisite textiles as a part of their historical tradition.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: Do you have any information on traditional Turkish culture?

Adrienne Sloane: I first visited Turkey and the Middle East just after graduating college as an anthropology major, when it was still possible to travel overland across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan to India. I tried to soak up what was possible in my travels. I visited Istanbul more recently in 2012 for the International Istanbul Textile Art-Design Symposium. However, I can make no claim to know Turkish culture in any deep or meaningful way. I hope that I will have that opportunity in the future.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: What does it mean for you to create art? What is the place of creating art in your life?

Adrienne Sloane: My maternal grandmother was a painter, my father an aspiring painter and my sister is an artist. Our parents instilled in us the value of a creative life. Manipulating materials to have them reemerge as artistic expression is a gift. Though there are frustrations and occasional dry periods, there is a satisfaction to living a creative life.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: How would you outline your philosophy of life?

Adrienne Sloane: I subscribe to the “Golden Rule”, honored by all religious and spiritual traditions. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: Do you hold a specific target in your artistic journey? Are there any future-oriented plans? Are there any actions that you have always dreamt of, but could not actualize yet?

Adrienne Sloane: New materials and techniques intrigue me and I am drawn to large conceptual work. I also hope to continue to have more opportunities to teach, travel and exhibit, both in the USA and internationally. I am always curious to see where my artistic path leads.


Lütfiye Bozdağ: As a last remark would you like to send a message to art lovers that follow you in Turkey?

Adrienne Sloane: There is no higher complement than when someone is touched by my work. My deep thanks to those who follow my work for their support and appreciation.


• Photos © Adrienne Sloane