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Raeus Cannon
Tennessee

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Imagine driving down a busy road wearing a blindfold when someone says: ‘Make a U-turn, now!’ I’ve learned to listen, trust, and follow the visual directions I receive as I work, and I try to manifest them into reality. The U-turns I encounter can be both confounding and thrilling!

As a child, I discovered my mother’s 1930’s Weave-It Pin Loom and much to her delight I was happy to sit for hours weaving squares. Today, my mother’s pin loom (and others I’ve collected) has become an integral part of my artistic practice. While I combine pin loom weaving and knitting, I also incorporate crochet, embroidery, and beading. My artwork pays tribute to my mother’s voice in my ear and life’s U-turns.

U-turns always show up in life to divert us from our desired path. I strive to create beautiful U-turns that inspire us to find new paths.

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