Friday, November 11, 2011


You spend hours working on a piece. Later you feel like gambling and rather than run off to buy a few lottery tickets you spend hours deciding which pieces to enter into a prestigious exhibition. The nerve!

Then you spend more hours re-photographing them and obsessing over the paperwork and meeting the deadline, barely.  Then, one day after you've forgotten about it, the Fat Letter (or Fat Email)  arrives to let you know that your work has been accepted and your job is far from over. "Lavanderia" will be going to Art Quilt Elements 2012  and I am incredibly honored.

I submitted my three entries without artist statements and now I have to come up with one hundred words either about my work in general or this piece in particular.  You say "How hard could that be...she never shuts up here on the web.."

Well folks, this time it's going into print and I don't want to make a fool of myself.  I didn't write a statement in the first place because I wanted the work to speak for itself. Now I have to speak for and about it carefully and thoughtfully. I probably shouldn't go on about how the basic composition came about while I sat in my car parked in the winter sunshine outside the local lavanderia (I like that word so much more than laundromat)  waiting on three huge loads of wash to dry and observing several older women inside go back and forth between heated arguing and companionable agreement as they watched their own laundry churning.


Els said...

I wish you well Deb, coming up with a good story (you cán, I know ....)
I for myself like the actual one: making art is often the result of careful planning WITH the most uncertain haphazardly coincidences!
They're the best because it all comes out of YOU in the end !!!
Congratulations !

arlee said...

hee hee though i KNOW that the latin is lavendula for lavender, i thought perhhas lavanderia was spanish--erk what a niiiiidjit, but wow good to hear this sweet smelling one is going visiting :)

jude said...

it speaks

Sue Reno said...

Congratulations on your acceptance into this prestigious venue!

neki desu said...

congratulations! iot sure is a wondorous piece of work.
you could try this for your statement you never know!

Regina said...

Congratulations Deb - having a piece accepted is so exciting! I agree with Els - I like the real story. I received my fabric from you yesterday. It is awesome! Thanks

Deb Lacativa said...

thanks for the link Neki..I especially like the button CRANK OUT THE CRAP

Work of Meta-Art in the Age of Symbiotic Reproduction

The matrix creates, the empire permeates. In the synoptic space, art objects are resurrections of the creations of the matrix -- a matrix that uses the empire as an organism to represent ideas, patterns, and emotions. With the evolution of the electronic environment, the matrix is approaching a point where it will be free from the empire to transcend immersions into the machinations of the delphic space. Work of Meta-Art in the Age of Symbiotic Reproduction contains 10 minimal flash engines (also refered to as "clipper chips") that enable the user to make polished audio/visual compositions.

measuring chains, constructing realities
putting into place forms
a matrix of illusion and disillusion
a strange attracting force
so that a seduced reality will be able to spontaneously feed on it

Deborah Lacativa's work investigates the nuances of vibrations through the use of jumpcut motion and close-ups which emphasize the Symbiotic nature of digital media. Lacativa explores abstract and scintillating scenery as motifs to describe the idea of imaginary space. Using supernatural loops, vectors, and allegorical images as patterns, Lacativa creates meditative environments which suggest the expansion of art...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I'm sure you'll find the words :).
Stay inspired!

Snail Cloth said...

Beautiful cloth.
You have a beautiful way of expressing yourself, I am sure your artist statement will reflect this.

Phillipa said...

Congratulations. Well Done. And I also think that you will come up with a truly original statement. ;).

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Hard to think of the words, though. So often what we want to say doesn't have words, which is why we choose to say it with cloth. Good luck with that one. I like the real story too.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Woo-hoo!!! Awesome news! As for the sample statement above... my eyes crossed before I got past the first line! I like your story better... down to earth, unpretentious, hilarious!