About the same in terms of work. But different in terms of impact.
This piece was done in the late nineties, and it relates to my cancer years in that decade. All of these figures are me, and they are adorned with surgical scars, of which I have many. Much of the work from this time was an effort to discuss the problem, and jettison it from my reality. Not healthy to hide it.
The picture plane is about eight inches by ten inches. The figures are made by satin stitch mostly, on a fabric plane pieced together by machine. Most of the fabric has pattern on it so two systems of pattern must work together, that constructed by me with the fabrics, and the pattern of the symbols stitched onto the fabrics.
I cannot paint. It is too direct. My shapes have to be put together in bits. Like in single stitches in the above case. They cast a slight shadow, rise subtly above the fabric picture plane. This phenomenon enriches the color and shapes.
On the pool deck, shapes are made also of bits, and color moves along by darkening or lightening the bits (pieces of tile), or doing the same with grout. Or both. The language is always concerned with pattern, and along with the interlocking pattern of the tile, there is layered upon a secondary pattern of, in this case, square brown shapes which are actual tile to be used for a pool, or open curves made of glass.
As with the embroideries, I like to build in as much detail as possible without breaking up the composition and making it unreadable. Above, within a big neutral shape, it lightens and darkens, contains screen printed tile of beige and white, creating a busier area, and white rectangles here and there and in a line add interest.
Terra cotta grout has been used in the area of the shadows of the pots. This picture was taken when the actual shadows and constructed shadows met.
I like for grids, or a kind of “organization” to coalesce in places among all the frenzy.
Another area of organization among chaos.
This darker shape has a pattern of bigger lighter square tiles, and dark orange actual pool tile appearing in organized squares. The grout in this area will slowly darken. White can kill color.
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