Description of Willie
“Willie” is off on an adventure at Fantastic Fibers 2021 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah Kentucky, after resting at home following his debut at at SOFA Chicago (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design), now Intersect Chicago, in late 2020. He is thrilled to be in a venue where he will be seen in person!
Adapted from a reference photo by Allen Matheson, this portrait celebrates the artistry of musician Willie Nelson. Allusions to lyrics of his most recognized songs permeate the very fabric of his shirt and the smoky background cheekily references his crusade to legalize cannabis. A portion of sale proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid, a charity he established in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms.
Hand-dyed cheesecloth sculpted with PVA adhesive, machine-stitched with monofilament thread to hand-painted and hand-lettered cotton canvas; soft-mounted on felt
Photo: Thomas Blanchard