Show and Tell Sundays-Biting Off More Than I Can Chew
Most of the work that I have accomplished in my studio as of late has been on the computer, except for the odd times here and there when I can work on my behemoth skin, I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can. I think I bit off more that I can chew with that one. And I wonder why I felt the need to make it big. But big it is. It just seemed to call for it and I obliged my inner artist on that one. So I am plodding along slowly and soon it’ll be time to add the stitching. Because it is big, fitting into my sewing machine will be interesting indeed. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. For now I am feeling the need to work on some embroidery hoops as I can work through ideas much quicker with those. And immediate gratification is a good thing sometimes too!
On that happy note I bid you farewell. I hope you have a fantastic day.
I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can
54” x 100”
My installation with the “I AM” t-shirts dealt with how we perceive ourselves based jointly on our own thoughts and those of other people. Other people can be wrong. Without their input, what would you tell the world about you?
I am a full time studio artist dividing my time between Florida and Minnesota. Jimmy was right; changes in latitudes can cause changes in attitudes. But no matter I where I am on the map, this blog is a way for me to think out loud and connect with you and other wayfaring souls.
This body of work is a continuation of the Dress series, but in this series I am removing the form altogether. Like cast off tattooed bits of skin, these pieces tell the story long after the moment has passed.
From the "Wrappings" series
The conversation continues with this body of work, but instead of using the form of the body as I did in the Dress series, or removing it altogether as I did in the Skins series, I am “wrapping” the skeletal form of the object. It is a very protective and nurturing concept. Wrapping our bodies, wrapping the form and taking care.
The Scarlet Letter (99 Lashes)
For many years I have used the house form as a metaphor for people. That concept evolved to include clothing as an actual house for our bodies. As a snake sheds its skin it leaves behind a record of that event. That is how I see my dresses. They document an idea, a thought, or experience for that moment in time. Each piece is a fresh attempt to see things in a new way, yet remain part of an ongoing dialog. Each is tied to the next and the one before. They are all intrinsically linked together and the conversation continues.