Battle of the Sexes
Gabriella Polony Mountain's work includes four major themes. The first three themes are clearly recognizable as the Cosmos, Nature, and Figural works with the fourth theme encompassing history, philosophy, and culture. In her life as an artist, Polony Mountain worked with many different medium including mosaics, weavings, sculpture, stained glass, and repousse. Weaving is a technique used to make textiles by interlacing thread. This technique can be accomplished with the use of an instrument called a loom, or by hand in various methods such as knitting, crocheting, felting, braiding, or plaiting. Polony-Mountain used a combination of loom and hand weaving techniques. And like her weaving techniques, Polony-Mountain used a combination of acrylic, cotton, and wool yarns to create her vibrant textiles. This weaving portrays another of Polony Mountain's familiar themes, that of figures. Depicted here are a male figure and a female figure, their legs intertwined in battle stance. Each holds a lance with their upper bodies tilted slightly backward as they battle for a cause only they know. The figures are placed within a landscape setting. Above them shines the sun and a bird in flight. A lovely example of the artist's unique ability to leap from one kind of material and form to another and to shift thematic content to create art.