I’m very excited about some work that I will be presenting in collaboration with Amy Ahlstrom. We are actively looking for a space to show our finished series late 2018. The working title for our two person show is “Thanks for the Feedback”
Amy is a very talented local quilting artist with whom I‘ve traded art show guest book inscriptions. Our imagery is floral, this comes from both traditional craft themes of floral imagery but also inspired by the happy/sad combo like you find in the Smiths’ music. Happy imagery, paired with sometimes brutal words. We both are interpreting the same phrases, but in our respective styles.
For my part of the series, I collect vintage Hiawatha canvas, which is a very traditional British needlepoint painted canvas brand. On these I’m needlepointing the flowers and the phrases to contrast the oddness of the comments, but leaving the background of the canvas empty, which is an atypical treatment for a needlepoint canvas. I do this because I appreciate the canvas mesh material itself. The raw fiber is beautiful.
This pairing of traditional flower theme, with the sometimes unkind and often unsolicited feedback contrasts the pretty and light hearted needlework with the harshness of the words. An experience similar to how women move thru a world where it is culturally acceptable for strangers to comment upon a woman’s appearance.