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My early felted work, primarily floating mountains and waterfalls, was inspired
by Chinese landscape painters who first put in the big mountain, then the
mountains in the middle ground, and finally the details of the foreground. This
gave me the first sense of how I could apply the layered process of felting to
For this body of work begun in 2019, I studied three Japanese landscape
painters including Hokusai (1760–1849), Hiroshige (1797–1858), and Hasui
Kawase (1883–1957), and the British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner (1775–
1851). All were drawn to mountains and gorges, waterfalls and rivers,
and the effect of light falling on the landscape.
I am intrigued by the sacred mountains and volcanoes revered by cultures
worldwide. I lived in Seattle, where it is said that everyone takes a holiday
when the rain stops and the mountain comes out.
In Japan, I photographed Fuji-san at dawn at a favorite viewing spot and visited
a sheep farm at the base of Mt. Fuji just as the enormous snow-covered
mountain was hovering over the house and a field of blooming cosmos.
Outside Aix-en-Provence we picnicked close to Mont Sainte-Victoire, often
painted by Cézanne in his later years. In Guatemala I photographed the
mountains surrounding Lake Atitlán and Volcán de Agua towering over Antigua.
The mountain stands tall and solid even when there is chaos below. Yet in
Appalachia we have robbed our citizens by allowing mountains to be destroyed
by mountaintop removal coal mining.
Is nothing sacred? In an age when traditional sacred grounds are mined,
bombed, paved or ignored all over the planet, when technologies of
destruction and creation are used to alter the very fabric of life, some say
the sacred has well nigh disappeared. Perhaps it has only shifted its locus,
from the communal to the personal, from the integral to the separate....
Obvious and arduous, the mountain seizes our attention. It stands above,
it stands for everything, it endures....
Like almost every mountain in other parts of the world, most mountains
in Asia are mundane, or profaned. The sacred difference? More in the mind
than in the mountain. Even in the grand Asian tradition, the publicly sacred
mountain of myth and pilgrimage, temple and hermitage, is not so much
magical ground as it is a spur to awareness. And so it is in the private
encounter with a mountain anywhere, actual or symbolic, that inspires a
sense of mysterious, crucial reverence. It makes you feel better, it helps
you see, it keeps us together.
Stephen Suloway, Tanuki Valley, Kyoto, 1993
Kyoto Journal #25
The artistic vision of Dobree Adams is expressed in both fiber and photography.
Recognized as one of Kentucky’s major contemporary fiber artists, she has also
taken hundreds of photographs to record and share the influences behind her
work in fiber, images she has gathered in her travels and at home on the
Kentucky River farm she shares with her husband, poet Jonathan Greene.
Recently she has been experimenting with the layered process of felting.
In her woven and felted work she uses the wool from a rare breed of sheep,
the Lincoln Longwool, an old British breed renowned for the curl, lustre,
strength, and length of its wool. For 20 years she raised and exhibited a prize-
winning flock of Lincoln Longwools, the first significant flock of Lincolns in
Kentucky since the 1930s. She is dyeing Lincoln wool for her felted landscapes.
She has work in public and private collections in Japan, England, France,
Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and the United States, has exhibited in New York
and Japan. In Kentucky, her art work is included in the collections of Brown-
Forman Corporation, the University of Kentucky Art Museum, the University
of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, the Kentucky Department for
Libraries and Archives, and the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Library, as
well in private collections across the Commonwealth.
A graduate of Wellesley College, she spent over 25 years in the scientific field
in California, Oregon, Washington, and Kentucky before launching a second
career as an artist. Kentucky Educational Television has featured her on The
Best of Mixed Media and Kentucky Life. She is an Al Smith Fellow in Fiber from
the Kentucky Arts Council, and has received numerous grants from the
Kentucky Foundation for Women.
She is a charter member of the Fiber Guild of Lexington, and a co-founder of
the Kentucky Women Photographers Network. She is an exhibiting member of
the reincarnated Lexington Camera Club.
Dobree Adams is represented in Frankfort by Capital Gallery.
P. O. Box 475 Frankfort, KY 40602-0475
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