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JOURNAL 2019

The golden thread

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JOURNAL 2019

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The lesson in the peach

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When Life hands you a lemon

Riotous roots

Rosa & Co.

The golden thread

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JOURNAL 2019
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ROSA & CO.

The fall semester ends. And there's another new work. This one draws inspiration from an early twentieth century photograph of my grandmother Rosa and great grandmother Winnifred. In the photograph (Claxton Georgia circa 1910), my great grandmother holds her youngest child on her lap; my grandmother stands at her right shoulder. My great grandmother was a textile artist, creating numerous works in paint and fabric. With the exception of a few crazy quilt fragments, all of her artwork perished in a house fire. If you look carefully at the two panels of the diptych you can glimpse their faces within it. (Rollover artwork above to see photograph.)

 

There were other vintage resources for the piece. In addition to the photograph, I used papers from an 19th Century book on needlework along with muslin scraps from the lining of an old velvet cape that my grandmother gave me.

One more thought. There’s been an aha! moment or two this semester. Especially around this piece. It happened recently while I was talking to an adjunct artist who‘s been a guide for the past year or so. He asked me questions about my work. What was I trying to do? And the words came without even thinking about it. It’s my fascination with the horizon. I see that in this piece. How I keep trying to balance heaven and earth. And when I look a little closer I discover how it shows up across my work over and over again.

Photos featured in this post include the two panels of the diptych, two working drawings (rollover), a detail of panel 2, and the early 20th Century photograph of my grandmother and great grandmother (rollover).

 

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