I know. It’s been a long time. Been busy making art. Tried writing a book but found that while I love creating a 500-word composition, I hate working with tens of thousands of words. I learned that a visual art aesthetic where ideas are merely suggested, as in poetry and which interests me, many writers disagree with such a simplistic goal. I get that but am not trained in such a way. And I hate writing dialogue.
A lot has happened since we last spoke.
So above are three views of an Uneasy Chair (thank you Rachel Haynie) called “Patchwork Mama”. A chair one cannot sit in. A chair that has been internally repaired in reaction to experiences and events. One may be able to drag this chair to the table, but just try to sit down. Sound familiar?
This work was created in response to the #MeToo movement, and as in most of my visual work, women are the subject of the composition. One could view this piece either as pathetic in that the strong lines of an elegant and simple chair do not exist in this composition, or bold and creative in that a superstructure has been crafted to deal with specific experiences.
In this series, the chairs are women and modified to speak about roles or characteristics which apply to them.