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Rio Wrenn

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Inventory, 2010 Silk, Rust, Aviation Wire, Stainless Steel 70' X 24" © Rio Wrenn
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Balance, 2011 Silk, Rust 18"x36" © Rio Wrenn
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Chevy Wall- Grill and Tailgate, 2011 Silk, Rust, Natural Dye © Rio Wrenn
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From the Inside, 2011 Silk, Rust, Patina 54" X 72" © Rio Wrenn
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detail, From the inside, 2011 Silk, Rust, Patina © Rio Wrenn
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Butterfly Kundalini, 2011 Silk, Rust, Natural Dye, Shibori 45" X 36" © Rio Wrenn
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Double Vision, 2011 Silk, Patina, Beeswax 15"x15" © Rio Wrenn
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Order I, 2010 Silk, Rust, Natural Dye, Shibori 10"x18" © Rio Wrenn
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Order IV, 2010 Silk, Rust, Natural Dye, Shibori 10"x18" © Rio Wrenn
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Blades In, 2007 Silk, Rust, Patina 45"x45" © Rio Wrenn
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Heart Chakra, 2007 Silk, Rust, Tannin 15"x15" © Rio Wrenn
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Industrial Mandala, 2005 Silk, Rust 90"x96" © Rio Wrenn
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Black Skeleton, 2001 Silk, Rust, Tannin 45"x72" © Rio Wrenn
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Anahata, 2004 Cast Iron Life Size © Rio Wrenn
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Core, 2012 Silk, Rust, Natural Dye, Shibori 18"x36" © Rio Wrenn
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Portland , Or.
Birth year
1970
Lives in
Portland
Works in
Portland
Schools
The Art Institute of Seattle, 1989
Cornish College of the Arts, 1992
University of Washington, 1998, 2002
Tags
rust, natural dyes, fiber-art, mixed-media, installation, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
statement


My rusting process is an expression of the ephemeral and the natural aging and decay of all things. Life cannot exist without the aging process: birth is eventually and inevitably followed by death. Though the process blurs over time, a record of the existence of things past is contained in the earth. It is in this record where my work begins.

Using natural processes, I hasten the rusting and oxidation of the mundane tools, objects and industrial metal pieces common to people's daily lives, by creating a physical record of their decay in silk and other fine fabrics. Metaphors for the fragile skin of all things living, the silks bear a record of life itself.

In the soils of their former inhabitants the detritus and castoff objects of life slowly decay and dissolve into the earth. They are my treasures. The buried iron and copper, the plants and insects decay and create the colors that bleed and stain the silks. Time sets the colors produced by heat and decomposition.

The objects of human existence lie in the soil's strata and integrate humans and the earth. Like all of the objects of our existence we too are eventually interred. Ancient rituals and practices were founded in the wonder and awe of this reality. Thus, the act of creation has always been a sacred ritual unto itself.

Creating is telling a story. The creator is the shaman, the spider and the artist.