Artist Bio and Statement

Shari Ellen Wolf Boraz

I have a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I majored in textile design. I hand-embroider on white cotton, or on textiles that I’ve either hand-dyed or digitally created. Designing as I sew, I constantly consider the visual impact both near and far. The image is meant to be striking from a distance, yet intimate when viewed up close; attracting the viewer with color, composition, and texture. I strive to prompt the viewer to wonder about what they are seeing, and then to provoke their own creativity.

Though my art is presented as 2-dimensional post-symbolism wall art, I try to capture the 4th dimension of time, or the progression of time, rather than a snapshot. The end product is influenced by my unconscious, often resulting in Jungian dream type symbols.

French knot stitches are often made with complementary threads, creating a vibrating pointillist effect. I also use a variety of embroidery stitches and color combinations, resulting in nuanced coloration.

My art has been exhibited in juried and invitational exhibitions across the country and abroad.  It is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Art’s and Design in New York City.

I’m a member of the Surface Design Association, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and the AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Born: Chicago, IL
Lives and Works: Hanover, NH

Upcoming exhibit: Counter-Couture: Fashion and Style in the American Counterculture, 1973-1975, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY, March 2 – August 20, 2017.

©Shari E. Boraz 2017 applies to all website content and images