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Painting: Fabric, cotton, Wood on Wood, Other.
My work explores the formal possibilities of color and shape, often through geometric and striped compositions. I am drawn to fabric, to its familiarity, its inherent qualities of saturated color and textural luminosity, and its invitation to be touched. Fabric reflects, captures, and interacts with light in a way that no paint can. I choose to create paintings with fabric because it feels honest: clean lines are formed between colors through the process of being sewn together, rather than through the use of an artificial barrier like tape. By manipulating fabric and pulling it taut, seam lines shift and stretch, revealing their final placement only once the painting is finished.
I am also interested in the historical and socio-political relationship between women and textiles and women’s work. I explore the relationship between gender, place, time, and culture in my work, as a way of connecting with my Euro-Appalachian ancestors who settled into southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky, many of whom made goods with their hands as their livelihood and connection to their ancestral homes. Conceptually, my work carries on the tradition of woman as maker, and it pushes the boundary between fine art and craft, and questions the definition of painting.
This piece is made of a various shades of black and white fabric, cut and sewn together, and stretched over a handmade wooden panel. Hanging hardware is included and the work arrives ready to install.
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