All fiber entrances me….commercial fabrics, yarns, unbleached muslin, sumptuous silk, heavily bodied wool felt, my own hand-dyed and discharge dyed cottons. The ultimate joy comes with manipulating, tearing, burning, arranging, stitching, layering, stamping, painting and embellishing the fabric and fibers. The joy is in the process, the dialogue, the tangible evidence of creating an object that others find beautiful, meaningful, poignant or funny.
My work also seems to evolve as a progression of serendipitous ‘accidents.’ Once inspired by a phrase, an event, a feeling, a favorite view, I let my mind run rampant. I’m often surprised where my work, or my play, ends. The one constant that seems to run through my work is the need to make a statement, or send a message. The topic could be serious or complex, such as the consequences of war expressed in my work THE SPOILS OF WAR, or contemplating the age old feminine dilemma of whether or not blondes do, indeed, have more fun, as in REEL TIME – MONA’S PARTY.
THE PROCESS is paramount, it is where I derive personal satisfaction from expressing myself creatively. The thoughts, the mental and visual associations, working with tactile fibers and experiencing the FEEL of the medium, the endless challenges and decisions along the way, allowing one work to suggest the next in a natural progression…..these are the components of my process and the reasons I am an obsessive artist. I have composed a poem which describes my process more succinctly.
Words, ideas, phrases
Twists and turns.
Note similarities, devise opposites,
Think order, chaos, symmetry, random.
Whispers, grunts, moans, yawns, chuckles –
Conversations with fiber and thread.
Perhaps yarn, wire, paper, paint, ink, findings –
Endless possibilities for uncharted explorations
Of color, shape, line, words, ideas, love.
Driven by the challenge,
By the fun of it,
For the meaning in it,
By doing it.
Find the end, commit the work to posterity with stitch…
To send a message,
Make myself heard,
Elicit a laugh, a nod, a knowing.