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Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012 he received two BFA’s in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand-dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation and teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center. Recently, he has been included in the Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition, Art in the Loop’s Ilus Davis Art in the Park Project in Kansas City and Charlotte Street Foundation Visiting curator group show, “Sincerely Yours,” at the Paragraph Gallery in KC.
“My creations are offerings to the Earth, made and borrowed from the Earth. They are extensions of my spiritual and physical self, embodying all that I possess. The Earth provides me life and I must attempt to give it life and energy. I utilize the Earth as my art supply store. Through the use of natural materials like hemp, wool, fallen tree limbs, medicinal natural dyes and hand dug clay I utilize the bounty our Earth offers to create sustainable and biodegradable works of art. My art does not need to be permanent, as I do not intend it to last forever. My work can of course be preserved, but it possesses a desire to be ephemeral. The evolution and progression of age and degradation reflects our lives and my life. Why should the artwork that I create be any different? I believe it should, like me, have a birth, life and death.”