The Concrete & Grassland Exhibit explores the juxtaposition of the natural landscape and the human constructed cityscape. This call for entry asked artists to submit works that explore either the soft lines of nature or the hard lines of urban structures—or a combination of both. This exhibition focuses on the contrasts of both color and line, and the ways in which the natural world has been altered.
As I perused my photographic images and began to audition and assemble them in various constructs, all I kept thinking about is “all’s one under the sun.” The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world – our architecture, our cities – are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous and ugly manifestations, but each are elementally joined together on this cosmic stage.
Just as the disparate photos hold together, they seem to merge naturally with my snow dyed fabrics and the straight lines of stitching echo the structural lines of the bridges and the swirling stitches flow with the natural curves of the branches and leaves, our entire existence of the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, each breathing in the wake of the other.
Ellipse – A Shape Series
Family photos combined with eco-prints to make 12″ quilts on 12 inch square stretcher strips, ready to hang just as any painting does, wired in back. These are my personal family archives but I’ll do custom textile collages with your photos. Email me if you want a custom piece of art: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Series Evolved: Let Them Be Left
Having lived my entire life by either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, my version of a seascape came naturally to mind for a theme. I sought out a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins for inspiration: “What would the world be, once bereft of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet, long live the weeds and the wildness yet.”