By Jay Johnson
This illustrated consultant to American people artists and their paintings spans a century of painters from Grandma Moses to Kathy Jakobsen and covers such media as sculpture, pottery, and fabric creations.
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Her compositions are based on bits of her own life, but they assume a surreal quality as she reworks them. As she notes: textile artist in the tradition of the 18th- They I are the pieces of always feel safe brain, just when my life that shouldn't have been applying thread with my hands. — the world of Mary Borkowski. I feel my hands are a second automatically pushing a needle around. These paintings done with needle, thread and cloth are expressions of awful truths and deep emotional experiences of self, of others, and God's creations.
7" 1970 Carved and painted wood; 9Vz" x 6W x W Collection of Rosenak Photo by 1 Ashby Chuck and Jan Joel Breger 19 Joseph P. Aulisio folk painter Joseph P. Aulisio was born in 1910 at Old Forge, Pennsylvania, a town with about 9,000 inhabitants located not far from Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. He appears to have spent most of his life in the Scranton area, where he worked in a laundry and dry-cleaning establishment. Appropriately enough, one of Aulisio's best-known works, Portrait of Frank Peters, the Tailor, done in 1965, memorializes a fellow worker in the cleaning and tailoring business.
In nineteen sixty-six, lumber business got sit nothing, so Carpenter's work often has an apocalyptic quality. I A snarling devil holds sinner above the boiling pits of hell in The Devil and the Damned. I the The viewer is threatened by the gaping jaws and ragged teeth of the hydra; everything stands poised on the brink of the abyss. The impending doom and terror create a tension Miles Carpenter Frog 1978 Carved and painted wood; m 38 15" long Private collection Photo by Bill Buckner Miles Carpenter Woman and Greyhound 1971 Carved and painted wood; 19" x \9Vi" The Hall Collection of American Folk and Isolate Art uncharacteristic of most folk art that viewer.