Cosmic Pillow (i)
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. Polony Mountain has transformed a two-dimensional weaving into a three-dimensional object. The front side of the pillow depicts a variation on the cosmos theme with large circles comprising the left side of the composition and horizontal lines on the right side. Shades and tints of yellow, blue, orange, and red are juxtaposed to the solid purple linen edges and backside of the pillow.