Category Archives: Emotions

Mark and Geri Garden: He Prunes and I Plant

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Silk on silk with metallic and hemp thread and floss & glass beads. 30”x30”

This piece was created specifically for the “New Domestics: East Coast/West Coast” exhibition at the J. Robert & Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design Gallery at NJIT in Newark, NJ,  October7- November 17, 2019.
For the forty years Mark and I have shared a life, we have always been gardeners. Over time our “roles” developed with our interests. Thus he is a master pruner and periodically I sort of just throw a variety of seeds into the ground, or pick and plant perennials. His work is always neat, precise and praise worthy, mine is, shall we say, interesting. A note about our past: when I met Mark he had 500, yes, 500 succulents or cacti in his apartment bedroom. As someone who was pursuing a degree in Land Use Planning, I found this was a hugely attractive hobby. And I still care for about 10 of these plants that have managed to make the 40 year journey with us.

 

“Don’t Stop Me Now, I’m Havin’ a Good Time- Thank you Freddie”

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30’x30’
Silk and linen over silk, cotton cord , metallic and chenille floss and thread

One afternoon while cleaning my studio and listening to lots of Queen, this image fell out of my pen.  This really describes how I feel pretty much most of the time.

“Don’t Stop Me Now”
“Tonight I’m gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and the world it’s turning inside out Yeah!
I’m floating around in ecstasy
So don’t stop me now don’t stop me
‘Cause I’m having a good time having a good time
By Queen

“Reprise of Music in Curved Entrances”

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12″x12″ Silk on linen with hemp, cotton metallic thread and floss

This was created specifically to sell at the Museum Shop of the Montclair Art Museum to go with my piece on display in their New Directions in Fiber Art Show.  And thankfully it sold within five minutes of the shop opening  on the first night of the exhibition.

“Music In Curved Entrances” on display at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ through June 2019

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“Music in Curved Entrances” is inspired by the music of minimalist composer Terry Riley from the 1970’s films, “Les Yeux Fermés & Lifespan”. My work is hand-sewn and embroidered fabric art, made in silk and linen with elements of shiny metallic floss and thread. The tactility, structure, and sheen of the fabric and thread form an integral part of how I “see” and engage with Riley’s looping phrases that tumble over each other. The touch of rough and smooth textures, the brightness of silks, the matte finish of linens, and the sparkle of metallic threads all reflect my synesthesia while satisfying my other senses as I work.

My hope is that this work allows the viewer to share the energy and joy I experience as I listen to music.

 

“AMERIQUES” by Edgard Varese

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“Ameriques by Edgard Varese”  34″x40″ sewy based on the work of this French/American composer. His piece “Deserts” was the first avant-garde piece of music I ever fell in love with at age 20 and it changed the trajectory of my musical listening life. “Ameriques” is my synesthetic hand sewn response in silk over linen, with metallic and hemp floss and metallic and cotton thread.

If you want to listen, here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq8SKwi-ycE — in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.

My work is on the Textile Study Group of New York’s Fall 2018 Web Page

Please find my handsewn piece called “Girls Just Want to have Fun With a Nod to Cindy Lauper, Miriam Shapiro, Judy Chicago, Ariel Pink and the 140,000,000 Women with Genital Mutilation” on the Textile Study Group of New York’s Fall 2018 web gallery.  I am pleased to be included among so many super creative textile /fiber artists!!!
 
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Linen, silk, polyester, cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss 16.5”x20.25”