Ancestors/Descendants is fiber artist Jason Pollen’s most recent body of work. It has reconnected him with the exuberant world of children at play. With fervor, determination and undiminished curiosity, he gives shape to form using pigments, brushes, threads and twigs that he fashions into compelling dimensional constructions. Pollen hopes that these assemblages convey more than the sums of their parts. The colors, textures and shifting shadows guide the viewer on a deeply fulfilling, enchanting journey through the labyrinthine world of the artist’s imagination. Pollen intends his work to be thought provoking and to communicate his fascination with and delight in “child’s play”.
For twenty years Jason Pollen served on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, where from 1997 – 2010 he was Chair of its Fiber Department. As President of the Surface Design Association from 1993 – 2009, Pollen helped to grow both a national and international constituency of makers and an audience of enthusiasts for contemporary fiber and textile art.