My work exists at the intersection of craft and fine art, and within that space I explore the history of traditional disciplines, namely drawing, painting, and sculpture. The process of making mixed-media collages, embroidered paintings and drawings, and installation projects often begins with images--photographs or memories of a specific event. Items and scenes from my home, nature, and mass media are documented then filtered through layers of abstraction as a way of stripping away the “objectness” of things. The remaining fragments and linear compositions are more interesting and loaded with more possibility. In these abstractions I find new narratives, and I look for ways to imbue them with sentimentality—through color, composition, materials and titles.
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Born in Fort Stockton, Texas, David Willburn lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. He earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier, VT). His work has been shown nationally and internationally at venues including Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, Texas), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA), University of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland) Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), Union Gallery at University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI), Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, Oregon), and Galleri Urbane (Dallas, Texas).