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“Seeds and Pods -Life Will Find A Way”
Reflecting on new life after this sad year. Gardening is one of my go-to happy-making activities.
“Hello Mr. Wonderful, Said My Premenpausal Lady Parts”
36’x48″ Silk on linen, cotton and metallic floss and thread
Explanation of my spelling of “Premenpausal”: I was thinking about an archetypal female experience. Menopause is an opportunity to “pause” as we rethink what it means to be female, and how we, without the very insistent push from hormones, relate physically to the “men” we love.
“Talkin’ It Out – The Many Sides of a Debate”
Silk on silk, hemp twine, cotton thread 30″x40″
After watching a political debate on TV
“We Stick Together Like Glue”
30″x30″ Silk over linen hemp twine and metallic floss, cotton and metallic thread
Although this was created after an afternoon of listening to jazz, ambient and big orchestra classical music, this could be a “Trinity” of whatever you wish.
“Just Once I’d Like to Punch the Bad Guy-said the Pa-ci-FIST”
30″x30″ Silk on silk, hemp twine, metallic floss and metallic and cotton thread
I am a life long pacifist, but lately I am embarrassed to find myself imagining a mechanical fist punching the bad behavioral qualities out of our President so only humanistic behaviors exist. Sadly I’m not certain much would remain…………………………………………………………………………….
Correlative Conjunctions “And, But & Not”
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.
The two thoughts on either side of this word are often very much alike and connected. Girls AND boys. Cars AND trucks.
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 .
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
“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
“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.