I am a Formalist. Movement, color and texture are of the utmost importance to me. My giant, iconic leaves and pods travel through environments and situations conveying visual dialogues. My bundles add structure and contain the energy of all living things in their wrapped contents. I have always viewed my everyday physical surroundings and experiences through fragmented lenses. Then, I deconstruct and reassemble it all into something else. The shapes tell a story.
Technically, I use direct painting techniques with acrylic, fabric paints and dyes in order to create one-of-a-kind fabrics. My respect for traditional quilting, hand embroidery and sewing along with the contemporary method of fusing comprise the structural foundation of each work. When composing a piece, I think of it primarily in a two-dimensional picture plane and then apply the appropriate methodology to build it.
I work with fabric because it is such an approachable medium. It is incorporated into every aspect of our lives and the expectations people bring to experiencing a work of art made out of fabric are vast...both visceral and intellectual.
Sonji Hunt is a painter who loves to sew. She earned both her BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in Milwaukee, WI. She has taught drawing, painting and mixed media at various colleges and universities. Most recently, she has exhibited her work in Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Virginia, and her home state of Wisconsin.
Sonji writes a blog detailing her artistic goings-on with lots of blahblah and images. She resides in southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, Townsend and dog, Julie.
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