Rhonda Denney - Cheetah

Cheetah - The Eyes Have It Series 40” x 30” Fiber Art 2015


Most animals use their sight to survive, either to find food or to avoid becoming food.  Not all animals see the world in the same way and eyes are unique to each species. Animals are constantly alert to the environment around them; their survival depends on that.  

Martin Buber said, “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” 

For this series, I want to focus on the allure and power of different animals and their eyes, be they mammal, bird, reptile or insect, and try to capture it in my fiber art.  To me animal eyes are a large part of their distinctiveness and character, and I love the challenge of recreating that in my art.

Technique: Raw-edge applique technique using silk noil and commercial cotton hand-colored with pigment and inks with thread sketching.  

Construction: Silk noil and cotton fabric; polyester batting; pigments; cotton, polyester and monofilament threads. Mounted on a painted wood panel.