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.  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 2016 applies to all website content and images