My work arises from my innate interest in the natural world, as fields, forests, and wetlands inspire my work. Baskets, vessels, and sculptures arise from deep curiosity and emergent understanding of my chosen materials. Combining traditional weaving techniques with various plant fibre I create contemporary art forms.
I work with an array of locally gathered plant materials, both woody and herbaceous. My work varies in form and style but what resonates in all my pieces is an underlying investigation into ways that plant fibre can be used to spark interest and insight into the natural world.
Dracena, daylily, iris and papyrus, unframed
9" x 9" x 33"
About the Artist
Canadian plant fibre artist Ralph Simpson has developed an innovative method of weaving, bending, and sculpting wood and plant fibre to create three-dimensional pieces. His gracefully formed work blends bold colour and innovative material with ephemeral fibres to achieve a perfect balance. Most notably, he was chosen finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize exhibition, 2021 Biennale. He works in his studio in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and exhibits his work locally, nationally, and internationally, attending residencies and facilitating workshops. When foraging plant fibre he employs principles that respect environmental sustainability.