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About the Artist

After painting intuitively onto wood veneer or panels found at construction sites, Jill Sahlstrom (Snohomish) weaves these around a traditional focal point. She is exploring paintings’ boundaries. Life has many dimensions, so why should paintings be literally or visually flat? She also uses aluminum, because to her it represents the non-idealized life of the common person. Jill’s woven paintings abstractly symbolize the fabric of American society, its frayed imperfection and multiculturalism. She experienced cultural overlap spending her teens immersed in a Yupik Eskimo town in Alaska, where in Home Economics she learned to weave baskets and sew seal skins rather the typical cake baking. Born in Seattle, her artistic inspiration arises from the distinct cultures of the Northwest that have not blended into a flat melting pot.

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