Kiertzner’s work of abstract embroidery transcends the boundaries of traditional stitching, creating a world of imaginative and evocative designs. Through a dynamic interplay of threads, colors, and textures, she reveals emotion and movement. The artist's needle becomes a brush, and the fabric a canvas, where patterns emerge and feel animated. This work thrives on the liberation from strict realism, and explores unique nestlike or womblike shapes and experiments with various stitching and weaving techniques. This becomes a vibrant tapestry of creativity, inviting viewers to interpret and connect.
As a native to Southern California's Inland Empire, the Claremont village has served as a source of inspiration for Kiertzner’s work. As a New England-style university town with pedestrian-friendly tree-lined streets, and an east coast ambiance, the area has a rich artistic history of fiber artists stemming from the arts and crafts movement rooted in California's citrus industry. Kiertzner follows suit as she connect with exterior spaces that store internal memories of exploration, discovery, and awe.
“As an artist attending Fullerton College, I quickly learned that you’re encouraged to find your own voice. I knew that I wasn’t strictly an abstract painter, or a sculptor. I didn’t respond to the rigidity of one form or focus. I was more concerned with the hierarchical and patriarchal histories inherent in the making. As a Native American Indigenous artist, I knew that the intrinsic value of the work was important. I didn’t want to make work that was easily reproducible, and it needed to stand alone within its spirit. At the same time, I was excited by the juxtaposition of colors familiar to my generation. Highly saturated, vibrant colors of the 80’s that brought about a playful mood to the focus of natural subject matter. So, I arrived at experiments that changed material, medium and processes to fit my narrative. Today, I feel more connected than ever with how fiber transforms its condition in shape, color theory and texture. How, fiber, alongside expressive thick paint, builds a sculptural element, as free-floating lines on top of the paint can be a sort of anchoring point and appear like the lenticular affect as you move around the work. How working in embroidery fiber, alone, can generate new optical mixing, as it is woven and animalistic and ephemeral.”
That Lifts Us From the Ground
Cotton embroidery fiber and oil on canvas.