MARGARET ROACH WHEELER
I worked as an artist and sculptor for 30 years, the media in which I was trained; yet my direction dramatically changed when a teaching position required me to teach weaving. I had grown up in a household where fibers were part of daily life. My mother and grandmother were constantly knitting, sewing, quilting and crocheting; nonetheless, I never considered this portion of my life as integral to my artistic work. The loom and the act of weaving, however, brought back memories of not only childhood, but also an awareness of my Chickasaw heritage. Today, fibers have become the paint and the metal wherein I work. My training, my heritage and my artistic talent have found completion in the act of weaving and the creation of sculpted, artistic forms for the body.