Category Archives: Fabric

“So What – Sew What”

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22″x22″  Hand sewn silk on silk with cotton, metallic and chenille floss and thread

This is my emotional/synesthetic response to the Miles Davis favorite, “SO WHAT”.

“Eleta J. Caldwell and Rodney M. Gilbert Memorial Gallery,  So What Curated by Jo-El Lopez
Whether inviting to the eye or to the ear, what is the purpose of art if not to evoke? So What, the opening track of Miles Davis’ — and jazz’s most famous — album, Kind of Blue, dares to answer that question.  While deceptively simplistic in structure, So What’s sophistication lies within the measured ease of its three soloists. In the case of So What: A Visual Interpretation, curator Jo-El Lopez makes a similar statement about what happens when a group of ten visual artists are given the same piece of music to examine and reimagine?  In this exhibition, each artist’s work independently represents a cross section of styles, political platforms, and purpose. And with Lopez’s curatorial approach, as well as Newark’s world-renowned WBGO Jazz 88 Gallery at the helm, the show presents itself as the perfect unification of visual art and interpretation of sound.”

On display October 5th – November 17th, 2018

 

 

 

Du Hast: Rammstein in Aluminum

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Aluminum sculpture 10″x21″ November 2017

This is my second effort to capture the patterns I hear in the music by the German Tanz-Metall band Rammstein from the 1997 album Sehnsucht. The song is one of the band’s best known because of its inclusion on the soundtrack of The Matrix .  My first effort in Fabric was created in March of 2014.

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 Raw silk, metallic thread and chenille yarn 14″x34″

“Deep Listening: Thank You Pauline Oliveros”

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Silk on silk with metallic, linen and cotton floss and metallic and cotton thread.  30″x30″

The great composer and musician and all round creative Pauline Oliveros taught me more than words can express.  When I “came out” as an Artist in 2014, she not only always “liked” my work as I was tentatively beginning to show it on Facebook, but copied most of it to her FB page to share with others. Her “Deep Listening” process gave me a way to focus on the sounds that so importantly influence my art making.  I  was so very lucky to have had this woman as friend.

This piece was created after spending an hour out of doors when the world was noisy with some birds still calling at dusk- the wood thrush was strident, and the insects, traffic, airplanes, neighbors kids talking and laughing, the chatter of walkers on my street, and the wind in the trees added to the general shape of the sounds I noted as inspiration.  This is pulled through my image of Pauline’s magical and ever present, accordion.

 

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What Has Happened to our Presidency?

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24.75″x 21.5″  Silk and Linen, metallic thread and floss

My narrative that the Presidency is a position of serious responsibility for the good of the entire nation, where ego is tempered by the understanding that the role requires thoughtful responses, that words matter and that personal financial aggrandizement is absolutely not ok, has been exploded.  I trust in the rule of law and my fellow citizens to restore my faith in this position.