Zebra – The Eyes Have It Series – 40” x 30” Fiber Art 2015. NFS 

Original fiber art, inspired by photographs, by Rhonda Denney – 2015. 40″ x 30″. A closeup view of a zebra, focusing on the eye. Part of a series called “The Eyes Have It”. Created using Rhonda Denney’s Pigment Patchwork techniques.

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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.

Zebras are prey animals and must keep vigilante of any predators in the vicinity.  Their eye pupils are horizontally shaped, allowing them to see a panoramic view while foraging.

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: Whole-cloth technique using silk noil fabric hand-colored with inks with thread sketching.

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

Designed (using photographs as inspiration), created and stitched by Rhonda Denney. 2015

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