Thursday, February 18, 2010

Persistence in method and material

This is "Skin Keeps Us In" from 2006 and at the bottom, one of my "Ornamental Innards" a foray into soft 3D also in '06.

I've decided to call this compositional process "cat herding" for obvious reasons. Comes as no surprise to me that it's a place I like to go - organizing a group of small and not necessarily compatible elements.

We spend a lot of energy in this household doing just that. Who's in, who's out, who ate or not, who's fighting - and that's only a herd of 3.

Both of these pieces have a lot of a large damask tablecloth that I ripped into quarters and dyed.  I can't recall the larger motifs but the tiny dots woven into the cloth are everywhere in my work.

That little patch of blue on the piece I'm working on now came from that tablecloth and "As Yet Unbaptized" has some of it too.

There is almost nothing left of it.


arlee said...

i miss seeing the guts :}

isn't it amazing how one piece of fabric can stretch so far, and last so long? when the last scrap is used, i feel an era has ended!

Karoda said...

hi deb, dig the 3-d heart?

Deb said...

Not a heart...this one was seriously UNinformed. some gut somewhere...

Catherine V. Bainbridge said...

I love that first image. It looks like a right FIESTA!

tiedyejudy said...

Gee... I thought the 3D piece was a cat curled up! Beautiful!