Anne Wilson, ‘Dispersions (no. 25)’, 2013, Rhona Hoffman Gallery

About Anne Wilson

In a diverse practice that includes sculpture, drawing, photography, performance, stop-motion animations, and digital projects, Anne Wilson explores personal and public ritual, social systems, and issues of gender and labor. She is best known for her work with fiber art, employing table linens, bed sheets, lace, and human hair used as thread. For “Topologies” (2002–), Wilson deconstructs networks of found black lace and, engaging in a process that includes digitally reworking scans of lace fragments, transforms them into large horizontal topographies inspired by physical and electronic networks and urban sprawl. For Local Industry (2010), a site-specific installation in which Wilson turned a gallery space into a collaborative textile factory, visitors to the museum worked together to produce cloth. “I think of my art as a kind of conjunction between visual art concepts and material culture,” she has said, “where the histories embedded in materials and the way things are made are critically important to the content of the work.”

American, b. 1949, based in Chicago, Illinois