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Painting: Acrylic, Ink, Digital, Dye Transfer, Screenprinting on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Other, Wood.
In the past, I created works with a push/pull, yin yang, tense dichotomy, through the use of strong concepts, and materials that attracted/repelled, environments that enticed/repulsed, or touchable works that invited/admonished (ie Don’t Touch the Art!) However, as recent political and social events of the day have sucked me deeper and deeper into a quagmire of raw emotion, I reached a fork in the creative path: make charged art that spit in the face of all viewing or involving themselves in it and make them pay attention through it, or create a prettier, lovelier, saccharine world that whisked viewers away from the horrors, if only removing them for a brief moment in time. I chose the path less followed, and began using commercially printed fabrics with cabbage roses in sugar plum fairy colors, manipulating them through dyes, heat transfers from my original photos, and stitching, turning it into a world hiding fantastical animals, real -- yet not -- to scale -- or not – all of them hiding in a kind of Where’s Waldo/Little Shop of Horrors land….with no humans anywhere around to muck it up. This piece has a great deal of dimension, as I have stretched and stuffed underneath some of the areas to accentuate them, over a 2" deep, custom made panel board. Quite extraordinary! Materials: Fabric, thread, heat transfers from the artist's original photographs, dyes. Techniques: Free motion machine embroidery (painting with thread on a sewing machine) heat transfer process, dyeing, hand sewing, trapunto.
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