Basting Stitches

I had eight of these chairs. Above is their bone structure and from them have come a group of four sculptures and a group of three, with two sections made from each chair. These are really good chairs and well-used. Think patina. Look at the two white circles at the lower front of the chair apron. Nesting bugs are inside. Before working, I have to drill their little (asses) out.

Basting Stitches 1 2019
24″ x 33″ x 15″

Basting Stitches as a term is something a textile worker would use. They are meant to be temporary and hold several layers of fabric together until the permanent fix is applied. Basting Stitches is a good descriptor for the concept of a woman reorganizing herself in order to keep moving forward.

Above, I have taken my chair apart and selected the “bones” that I want to repeat in each section of the piece. Then, structure is invented to allow the bones to stand, and composition created to fill the negative space in a pleasing way.

Most but not all additional elements are from other chairs. The loopy wire element was recovered from a chair seat. In all three parts of this piece, I have taken a Dremel tool and carved repeated chunks to various parts which look like basting stitches to me.

Basting Stitches 1 2019

You can see that I have attached an aluminum name plate to the upper right. In a fit of frenzy and ego with my Dremel tool, I have also scrawled my name across the inner shoulder of the chair. Look below.

Basting Stitches 2 2019
24″ x 32″ x 13″

My name and the year 2019 are written in the center of the upper part of this section, along with other sandings which create a lighter value around the bored circle. On this side of the piece, the marks the table saw left on the wood when it was cut have been saved for visual texture.

Basting Stitches 2

And on this side of the chair, I manipulated my table sander to create repeated marks.

Basting Stitches 3 2019
23″ x 33″ x 12″

This section features a piece of an aluminum door that was recovered from dumpster diving years ago. I adore aluminum and use it whenever possible. I used my Dremel again on the aluminum to make it sparkle. On all three sections of the piece there is a “rope” element recovered from a side table. I have sanded it on each section to be light at the top moving to dark at the bottom.

Basting Stitches 3

The idea of gravity leads me in the evaluation of what should be light and what should be dark in a composition. Dark elements are heavier visually and we want to see them lower in the composition because we are aware of the concept of gravity. This is a general rule for me, but there is no rigidity in visual art, and often the opposite idea works and that’s just the way it is!

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