Tuesday, March 23, 2010
shadow house detail
Here's a detail of Shadow House. I'm not quite sure it's finished. It may need some tiny buttons. I'll show you when I'm done.
Speaking of works in progress....aren't we all??? I'm still ruminating on what I heard and saw at the SAQA conference. I was introduced to Diane Savona's work (unfortunately, not in person) and was incredibly moved. Words like "reconsider, investigation, tangible history" were spoken about her work by Marci McDade, editor of Fiber Arts magazine. Everyday items reinterpreted in an earth-shattering way. I was stirred by thoughts on art like: concept, intention, emotional logic, meaning, inspiration. what informs your art? Look back and look forward, and make a reference to the past in your art. The art has should be about something and that something will project to the viewer. Art is communication.
Art as a way to activism. Mung Lar Lam's work was delicate and her words were gentle and meaningful, yet powerful. I want to be Lea Redmond when I grow up, except she's only 29. I felt as though I understood Consuelo Jimenez Underwood amazing work, as I live on the Mexican border and have studied Mexican folk art on my trips to that country.
These topics spoke to me. I feel I began this type of work with my piece Ralph's Letters (and now of course, realize I should have given it a 'deeper' title!) And my slow cloth, especially the piece "Above the Bog" are works that have a deeper meaning and works that I'm proud of and know they are distinctly original to me. Of course, I do and will continue to do mindless, pretty stuff, but I also want to work deeper in selected pieces of my work.