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Bhakti Ziek
updated: 05/04/2011
website: bhaktiziek.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Continuum
Night Sky
Walking
Code
Mindscape
West
East
Night Shadow
Focused Distraction
Math
56 Blossoms
Bear Island
Counting
Nomad
His Wife
 
Portfolio Keywords:  text, mapping, identity, autobiographical, collage, narrative, technology
 
 
Continuum by Bhakti Ziek
Continuum
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  47.5"" 
Night Sky by Bhakti Ziek
Night Sky
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  44"" 
Walking by Bhakti Ziek
Walking
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  49"" 
Code by Bhakti Ziek
Code
jacquard
2010
13.25"" x  40"" 
Mindscape by Bhakti Ziek
Mindscape
jacquard
2010
13"" x  51.5"" 
West by Bhakti Ziek
West
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  63"" 
East by Bhakti Ziek
East
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  76"w" 
Night Shadow by Bhakti Ziek
Night Shadow
jacquard
2010
20"" x  26"" 
Focused Distraction by Bhakti Ziek
Focused Distraction
jacquard
2010
20"" x  26"" 
Math by Bhakti Ziek
Math
jacquard
2010
20"" x  27"" 
56 Blossoms by Bhakti Ziek
56 Blossoms
jacquard
2010
21.25"h" x  26.75"" 
Bear Island by Bhakti Ziek
Bear Island
jacquard
2010
13.25"" x  28.75"" 
Counting by Bhakti Ziek
Counting
jacquard
2010
13.5"" x  46"" 
Nomad by Bhakti Ziek
Nomad
jacquard
2010
60"h" x  164"" 
His Wife by Bhakti Ziek
His Wife
jacquard
2010
13.75"" x  15.25" 

Artist Statement

Buddhist literature talks about the constant chatter of jumping thoughts in our minds as “monkey mind.” Continuum is a series of digital woven collages that map the mental activities of my mind during one year. Just as thoughts loop, certain imagery is found again and again in the series. Overlapping images of the mathematical calculations used to convert digital imagery into physical threads, repetitive counting, symbols and diagrams of daily activities, and glimpses of nature are some of the phenomena that fill both my head and these canvases. Meditation is one way to calm the mind, even if the chatter never fully ceases. Looking at the sky or ocean, or contemplating a perspective so big that ones ego becomes insignificant can also bring quiet.

The process of weaving takes hundreds of individual threads, and combines them into a cohesive plane. It is the perfect metaphor for how we build our lives from multiple identities and interests into a singular personality. Weaving doesn’t always yield narratives, but in my work, the resulting combination of images and words reveal my propensity towards storytelling. Things come together and separate, find harmony and friction, spaciousness and crowding. Sky becomes water and water becomes sky; the names of places travelled and lived create a map of the world; and from a cacophony of experiences insight is born.

Artist Bio / CV

I am a visual artist, known for narrative work that spans the technological spectrum of weaving. I am one of the pioneers of digital work in weaving and have co-authored the definitive book on the topic (The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop® by Alice Schlein and Bhakti Ziek). I have shown extensively since 1980, and have works in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. I have also lectured and taught throughout the United States and abroad; and have published articles on contemporary fiber in many journals. I am a former college professor (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arizona State University, University of Kansas and Philadelphia University), but now focus full-time on my studio work. I have a M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. from SUNY at Stony Brook.