Monday, March 17, 2008

Landscape 2007

Misery Acres, 2007, 27” X 51” wool, cotton, rayon, metallic

Frost, No Snow, 2007, 29” x 51”wool, metallic, cotton, rayon

Barns 2006 & 2007

When I began weaving these barns in the fall of 2006, I had just moved to the country after years in Chicago. I love it when a place is brand new to my eyes: I feel I can see with extraordinary clarity and know it won't be to long before these sharp novel sights become everyday custom and I lose that x-ray vision. I set right to work and made these strong, modern tapestries. I say modern because they are certainly the simplest, most pared down work I have ever made, and they end up being all about the modern vision of agriculture. You can find the transition between the old, tumble down peeling barns such as Silver Arrow, and the new metal sheds such as Big Green Barn, which are replacing them. They are all surrounded by fields of modern monoculture, something of confounding beauty which suits our modern aesthetic while it ruins the land.

top to bottom:
Big Green Barn #2, 2006, 28" x 29"
Silver Grain Bin, 2006, 33" x 33"
Big Red Barn, 2007 , 23" x 32"
Silver Arrow, 2007 26" x 33"
Big Green Barn #2, 2007, 31" x 33"




Sunday, March 16, 2008

time to show the art






Having spent most of my web-identity energy on ribbons and ribbon-related projects for the last several years, it is time to show the artwork that comes out of my busy studio as well. I have multiple artistic identities which balance art, craft, and design; most are textile-oriented and drawing-based. So now, in no particular order, I will begin to catalogue the artwork that I make. This consists primarily of hand woven "tapestries", actually made with a brocading technique. I call them tapestries because they hang on walls in the old tapestry tradition.

Today's post is of recent work, tapestries which are based on the landscape and rural buildings in the vicinity of my new home in New Harmony, Indiana.


top to bottom:
Orange Slat Barn, 2007, 29” x 30”, wool cotton rayon

Corn Cribs & Pear Tree, 2007, 30” x 30”, wool cotton metallic rayon nylon

Cornflowers, 2007, wool & cotton 31” x 30.5”

Corn, 2007, wool, cotton, metallic, 33.5” x 30”