(l) “cielo sin alas” (2019) 24″ x 25″
(r) “polen verde” (2019) 15″ x 14.5″
Lyn Hart’s Statement
The Sonoran Desert is an extreme ecosystem that leaves its impression on everything that exists within its harsh embrace. I am constantly inspired by the visual and tactile textures, patterns, gradations, contrasts and colors that exist here. There is a perceivable tranquility inherent in objects marked by the passage of time in this sere place that fills me with a sense of inexplicable pleasure and longing to be more deeply connected to the earth. Austere and sublime, this desert is my muse.
My early handwoven tapestries were largely figurative in nature and reflected my desire to represent the plants, animals, landscapes and culture of the desert. Most were designed from my own photographs or sketches. More recently, the work has evolved into abstract and non-objective interpretations, which are more expressive and pure renderings of my inspirations. I weave with yarns composed of commercially and naturally dyed wools, cotton, bamboo, hemp, silk, rayon, linen, paper, waxed linen, sea silk, fishing net, silk wrapped steel and other fibers.
Lyn Hart’s Biography
Lyn has been drawing and painting as long as she can remember. Her interest in textiles and fibers began in her early twenties in Florida where she taught herself to make quilts. After relocating to Tucson, Arizona in 1997, Lyn worked for a number of years as a labor & delivery and obstetrical research nurse, all the while taking every opportunity to explore and become increasingly enamored with the desert lands of the Southwest. In 2005, she left nursing to focus on her dream of becoming a fiber artist. After taking a natural dyeing workshop taught by tapestry weaver Jane Hoffman, she decided to pursue the medium of handwoven tapestry. In 2006, Lyn began exhibiting her tapestries; in early summer 2007, her home studio was constructed. In 2018, a growing desire to create non-objective works in series led her to delve into mixed media collage, a genre that shares many of the tactile qualities of working with fiber, but which allows for faster exploration and implementation of ideas and inspirations. Her recent tapestries manifest the influences of these explorations in collage.
Lyn’s work in tapestry has garnered a number of awards, including three National Park artist residencies at Grand Canyon North Rim, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lee’s Ferry), and Zion, earning her the distinction of being the first tapestry weaver to participate in the National Park system’s artist-in-residence program. Her tapestries have been exhibited in both local and national venues. Lyn’s passion for and exploration of the Sonoran Desert began when she arrived in Tucson, was enhanced during a several year stint as a volunteer naturalist at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and a yearlong arts fellowship during 2018 at the University of Arizona’s Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, and continues today through her wanderings in the Southwest.