June 29, 2001 - November 12, 2001
Fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess was born and raised in rural Iowa where the landscape is dominated by billowing fields of grass and corn. Her sculptural basket-like forms, which she refers to as “landscape reports,” are inspired by these natural surroundings. Using reeds and paper, Merkel-Hess’s work conjures images of slender grasses and cultivated fields, shaped and tamed like Iowa’s gridded landscape. Her continual use of the basket form is another symbolic reference to nature and life as it carries and stores the earth’s bounty.