Category Archives: Fabric

Correlative Conjunctions “And, But & Not”

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Each of the three is 30×30”
Silk, cotton, poly ribbon, metallic and cotton thread and floss
As a synesthete, I recognize deep patterns in the spoken language. And, But and Not are conjunctions that join two or more thoughts. Each of these images has a vertical axis that divides the energy, the motion, and the action that I perceive in each of these three ordinary words used throughout our normal daily lives.
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The two thoughts on either side of this word are often very much alike and connected. Girls AND boys. Cars AND trucks.
But
The thoughts connected by this word are often opposed or dissimilar. This piece uses two very different directions, energies and colors on each side of the axis. I love cold weather BUT want to go to the Caribbean .
Not
The left side is softly rounded while the right side is rectilinear. Round is not square. Elephants are NOT Donkeys.

“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.

“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