“Golden Mean Spiral – Universal Language Series” by Donna Loraine Contractor received an ATA Award at the Intermountain Weavers’ Conference, Fiber Celebrated, at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO. Donna is a tapestry artist who received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe and has lived in Albuquerque for the last 19 years.
Artist Statement and Bio
Contractor’s work incorporates the landscapes and colors of New Mexico with bold contemporary architectural frames that create depth and optical illusions. Douglas Kent Hall, in The Thread of New Mexico, says “Contractor combines unlikely dynamic forms with a scintillating palette to achieve an evocative and compelling style of weaving. She utilized traditional….concepts as well as certain graphic constructs that fueled the work of many twentieth-century painters and brings to contemporary tapestry a freshness that is sometimes startling.”
She has won numerous art competitions and commissions such as a triptych for the City/County Building in Albuquerque and a large tapestry for the Bernalillo County Courthouse. Accolades include the display of her tapestries at the Albuquerque Museum, MFA @ Santa Fe and an appearance on a HGTV special. Donna’s work is shown and collected throughout the United States and abroad.
Another piece from her “Universal Language Series” has been chosen, one of 98 artists out of a applicant pool of 500, for the New Mexico Women in the Arts ORIGINALS 2007 showing Sept 28 – Dec 30 2007 at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM.