Krystal Kay Lyon
I started making fiber sculptures four years ago after learning about the outsider artist
Judith Scott. I was inspired that her sculptures gave her a voice for the first time in her
deaf and mute life and I loved that she hid objects that she treasured in each sculpture.
So, I began hiding journals and notes and prayers in my sculptures, secrets that only I
knew, and the sculptures became human with those hopes and guilt within. I make
each one out of recycled objects and clothes; things that have been thrown away are
made useful and beautiful again. Layers of yarn, fibers, twine and fabric give each
piece dimension and depth. It was all these aspects; secrets, layers and unexpected
beauty, which made me realize these sculptures represent women and all things
feminine. Their circular shapes and curves intrigue and each is based on a woman or
girl that I love or have been inspired by. As each one is formed, I pray and meditate and
through the process of weaving, stitching, crocheting and wrapping I know each woman
better, respect them more and I’m thankful for their lives!
Work on Visiting with Jan Brandt has been a great joy. I knew the second I saw her
fiber work, Happy Contagion, that we were kindred spirits. Her fearless creativity and
bold color palette are an inspiration and encouragement to follow. I feel that Visiting
was born out of a forming friendship with Jan and our own back and forth chatting at art
openings and constant run-ins. As we’ve become friends it seems that our art has
become familiar and has bonded as well!