Visions Art Museum-Interpretations/Conversations

IN CROWD

has been accepted to:

VISIONS ART MUSEUM, SAN DIEGO, CA.
Exhibit: Interpretations-Conversations

Oct 25, 2017-Jan 2018

What an honor it is to be in this exhibit!

 

IN CROWD tells a personal story.

What a treat it was to be able to drive to San Diego to attend the opening of this exhibit. Not only did we enjoy the exhibit but also a bit of the town. I grew up in San Diego, got married in Coronado and then was redirected to the EAST Coast for most of my adult life, thanks to the Navy. So, when I do get a chance to visit San Diego, I become very nostalgic. It is still a fabulous town…sans traffic.


IN CROWD tells a personal story:

This story developed over my lifetime. I had no idea all of this was in my head or that this content needed to be extracted and brought to life.

I began the piece with one goal: to see if I could free hand stitch (no preliminary drawing on the fabric) the faces. This endeavor lead to a magnificent unfolding of dynamics between the “faces”. One in which I could not have predicted or halted; the energy that developed was unstoppable.

Telling a story made my work come to life.

DIVERSITY, 2013

Telling a Story wasn’t my focus until I made a piece titled: Diversity in 2013.  Diversity was a theme I came across and mentally connected with. The concept unfolded and was very successful; the piece sold before the gallery opening. However, the theme was NOT my personal story. The story was literally spelled out on the art quilt. It captured people and pulled them in. They were intrigued and this was my first realization of how art can be compelling. I realized that many people cannot relate to art for “art sake” as say purely as a composition. They want to (I think) but they often times are perplexed, confused or just lost. IF they can read text (don’t we all read text these days?) and have a way to connect, then they stop, linger, read and ponder and best of all –“get it”.

Prior to this time, I made art that had pure ART forms: A good composition, color, values, design. I was not comfortable to reveal personal things YET. I kept my life experiences to myself.

What I realized about IN CROWD was that MY story is EVERYONE’S story.

I now realize (even more) that this reveal was me being VULNERABLE. Wow!

This suddenly became obvious to me at the exhibit. When the microphone was handed to me to speak about my piece…I froze! (Thank you to the person who whispered…”take a deep breath”!)

I had no idea that I had stripped myself in public! And, it was all OK! Many people related and congratulated me. I had emotions I didn’t realize were brewing. So what does this mean for my future work?

Well now I have new found confidence and I intend to make another version of DIVERSITY. Only this version will have a personal story. I have more stories to tell! Once I crossed over the caution line…I can now be free and open.

If you want to listen to THEE best TED talk on Vulnerablity by Brene Brown, follow this link.


The faces of the people “came through me”.

While traveling, I always bring drawing materials, watercolor pencils and a water brush. I hope to capture my observations and record the views personally (rather than relying on a camera). Occasionally, there is little to see or nothing catches my attention. If this is the case, I challenge myself to conceptualize. Usually I default to random designs like a logo, a sign, a motif on a stair rail, etc.

I LOVE FACES

Travel-Drawing Preparation

I began to collect photos in magazines of faces. I keep a packet of these in my drawing tools bag. My tendency is to draw very exact and detailed, requiring a lot of time and attention; using a pencil, defining with fine shading lines.

To switch it up and relax I decided to challenge myself to conceptualize faces. I used black pen and white paper; which lead to a completely different result. Once I began one face lead to another until I had several pages filled with multiple faces with various scales.

 

 

The faces that emerged were intriguing…they had a unique gaze; avoiding eye contact. They multiplied; gather They marched right  onto my paper, direct from my imagination; I was fascinated. I did not know the m and they seemed to be lost and searching, yearning; I had to make sense of this presence.

BLACK PEN/WHITE PAPER
CONTINUOUS LINES

 What were they thinking? Where were they headed? Are they aware of the each other? Are  they trying to communicate? If so, to whom? If so, what was the message?
I love black pen on white paper- pure and clean LINES.

I love the immediacy of pen/ink….no erasing. What if a line or mark is not so good? Well, after a brief hesitation… it must be made to work. This leads to unplanned new lines, evolving, meandering. This is similar to free motion stitching.


LINES

Drawing is about seeing. How we see and what we see and how we interpret our world. A drawing is developed with a series of LINES. The graphite is deposited on the paper according to the application:

  • How dark or light
  • How close or far apart
  • How delicate or heavy
This can be attributed to stitching as well.
  • The spacing in between the rows of stitches-How close or far apart?
  • The weight of the thread-How heavy or fine?
  • The stitch length-How short or long?

Pencil Drawing- Graphite is spread onto the paper from the point of the pencil. The amount of graphite that is deposited is relative to the amount of pressure applied.

  1. How sharp or dull the point is.
  2. How hard or soft the lead is
  3. How the pencil is held-Straight up or on the side

Line techniques

 

Pen Drawing-The amount of ink that is applied is limited by the size of the pen point. Shading is accomplished by clustering lines closer and overlapping lines. Building up an area with more ink to create a darker value.

STITCHING AS LINES

I have been sewing and quilting my art for many years. This is done with continuous lines of stitching; a starting point and ending point uninterrupted. I prefer to have the stitching uninterrupted and continuous for as long as possible. This helps with strengthening the work and having less loose ends to deal with. I always hand tie every loose end;  thus, the fewer the better.

Consequently, this (habit) tendency spills over into my drawing. I tend to draw with ink with a continuous line. It is also relaxing, flowing and leads to unexpected lines which I like; I enjoy the discovery.


Back to the initial personal challenge I had: To see if I could stitch the faces free hand.

First attempt to stitch faces free hand. Black thread/white fabric

Success!

IN CROWD: A bit of color was added to define certain spaces.

detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE STORY

Who is the (self appointed arrogant) one who dictates and selects WHO is IN and WHO is out?

Why are we concerned with this? Why do we feel left out? Why do we gloat when we think we are IN?

Why are we bothered by those that feel left out? Why do we NEED to be accepted?

Those questions are the basis for my story.

My conclusion

TRUTH- There IS no such status, group, association! This is conjured up in our minds. This is based on How we value ourselves.

LESSON: IF you are presently in a group that makes you feel special, accepted and like you have arrived….I have NEWS! You are missing out! You are NOT aware of the wall preventing you from growing, learning and exploring on your own. TEAR DOWN THAT WALL! Some of us build the wall to protect ourselves; I have done that too.

REVEAL and COME to the best place of all…JUST BE YOUR NATURAL SELF AND DROP THE CONCERNS.

It is so simple when you strip it down to the essence.

If you can relate…leave a comment. And, leave one no matter what your position is. I would love to hear your take on this topic.

 

 

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery August Exhibition

I was honored to be invited to show my art work for the month of August at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts gallery on Bainbridge Island. The theme was “textile artists thinking about water”.  The exhibit was cohesive with beautiful sculptural wood by one artist that added a dynamic contrast.

This video is a tour of the wall that my work filled. Unfortunately the color is not accurate. The main color in the palette is aqua.

Four pieces sold. One was purchased by a woman who is decorating a little house in Ireland.  The other three pieces are proudly hanging in my neighbor Cheryl Lannoye’s home.

The gallery staff did a fine job and made the collection look fantastic;  I was totally pleased. Opening night attracted quite a lot of people. The energy in the room was electric.

The follow day, Saturday, I was invited to give a demo of my hand work. My granddaughter Madeleine joined me.

Madeleine prepared for this event. She visited me two weeks prior to learn embroidery. She picked it up right away. She brought a drawing of a landscape that she wanted to sew. She wanted a unique background so I took out various fabrics and cut some small squares allowing her to pick and place the colors where she wanted. I stitched them together to make a 7×9″ piece. She knew exactly where she wanted certain colors and values.

Madeleine’s landscape background

She started with the tree and included a shadow. She couched on nubby yarn to create the tree trunk and tree foliage. The sun is in the right top corner thus the angle of the shadow. We had a discussion about what color shadows are. She got it right, a darker value of the same color. (Some people think all shadows are gray.)  She used a seed stitch to depict the texture of the grass in the area of the shadow.

My daughter Michelle was with us at the demo.

A perfect event.