A Glorious Requiem For Beasts and Souls
As recent political and social events of the day have sucked me deeper and deeper into a quagmire of raw emotion, I reached a fork in the creative path: make charged art that spit in the face of all viewing or involving themselves in it and make them pay attention through it, or create a prettier, lovelier, saccharine world that whisked viewers away from the horrors, if only removing them for a brief moment in time. I chose the path less followed, and began using commercially printed chinoiserie fabrics with cabbage roses in sugar plum fairy colors, manipulating them through dyes, heat transfers from my original photos, and stitching, turning it into a world hiding fantastical animals, real – yet not – to scale – or not – all of them hiding in a kind of Where’s Waldo/Little Shop of Horrors land….with no humans anywhere around to muck it up. Materials: Fabric, thread, heat transfers, dyes, acrylic. Techniques: Free Motion machine embroidery trapunto, stitching, sewing, applique, dyeing, acrylic painting.