michael rohde

STUDIO ARTIST

www.michaelrohde.com

BIO

Michael has been weaving in 1973, with training in drawing, color and design at the Alfred Glassel School of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  His activities  include lectures, workshop teaching, being juror, exhibition organizer and exhibitor in many local, national and international juried and invited shows.

Recently work has been included in the United States Department of State Art in Embassies Program, exhibits at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the invitational Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, from Lausanne to Beijing (twice), Houses for Nomads (a solo exhibit at the Janina Monkute-Marks Museum in Lithuania), an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park in San Diego. His work is in the permanent collections of the Mingei, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the Ventura County Museum of Art, the Racine Art Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I’ve picked this less than common medium of art, having been drawn to the possibilities of relationships between subliminal texture and the interaction of light and color. 
Work over the years have addressed the impact of  human and natural causes on the homes and lives of people. These include houses that disappear into the sands of war, are filled with rising flood waters or simply vanish as the natural consequence of time. The most recent work addresses how simple shapes can convey meaning: lines become text, squares become faces or an invented language of undeciphered glyphs.

Yet, without the foreknowledge of what is behind these images, the works stand as objects of quiet beauty: begun with white yarns of wool, silk, linen and other fibers, I add my own dyes to achieve colors not available in commercially dyed materials. Like a painter, I mix my own colors to create something new.

 "Ahimsa", 2016, handwoven tapestry; un-dyed alpaca, 43”h x 32”w

"Ahimsa", 2016, handwoven tapestry; un-dyed alpaca, 43”h x 32”w

 "Golden”, 2014, handwoven tapestry: wool, natural dyes, 47”h x 37”w      

"Golden”, 2014, handwoven tapestry: wool, natural dyes, 47”h x 37”w

 

 

 "Exclamatory," handwoven tapestry: wool, camel, goat, mohair, natural dyes, 76” x 47”

"Exclamatory," handwoven tapestry: wool, camel, goat, mohair, natural dyes, 76” x 47”