Jon Eric Riis Playing with Boundaries

Whitman, Marina D.
April 2003
Surface Design Journal;Spring2003, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p22
Trade Publication
The article features the beadworks of Jon Eric Riis in the U.S. He also known as a collector of things which are beautiful, occult and rare and dealer of Oriental textiles. He scavenges for ideas and materials to occupy his primary passion that is weaving tapestries. Among his masterpieces are "Hands of the Oracle","Babes in Arms" and "Hearts of Gold." In the first artwork, he irregularly shaped fresh water pearls wherein it seem to swell and shrink, making them vibrate while in the second work, he dresses three not-so-saintly dolls with rippling shades of seductive coral beads and in the third masterpiece, he uses three layers of clothing and uses metallic gold thread to weave the outer surface.


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