Another artist from who I take great inspiration is the fiber artist, Shane Waltener. Working with similar materials and a similar aesthetic are how we relate to one another artistically, but we differ in regard to placement of our works. Waltener’s works are mainly outdoor installations that interact with the natural space. When I create similar installations, I do not focus on a more natural setting, but rather how my work would activate in a gallery setting. Also, even though we are both using the same material and delicate aesthetic, Waltener seems to draw inspiration for his works from more naturally occuring situations, such as a spider spinning a web. My work focuses on the deconstruction and reconstruction of the fibers itself, rather than trying to imitate a fiber already created by a natural source.
If you’re interested in learning more about Shane Waltener’s work and process, view his website: http://www.shanewaltener.com/