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I was gifted a super great stack of books to tear apart, many of them retro. gotta love how my amber gets in on the action.
I began working with this particular "Let's Travel in Japan" book from 1960
I made eight 8x8 stitched collage pieces.
I pulled items of interest for center focal points, and then made strips from the many pages of muted browns and greens, I then pulled some color pop from a seed catalog. All 8 are made this way, which makes them very complimentary to each other.
All but one have a strip of ribbon.
a bit ago I decided to stop completing collages.
what that means is the collage is unfinished
in quilting terms these would be called quilt tops.
A finished collage has a card stock layer and is bound. Binding makes it appear as if it is framed and gives each piece a finished back side that isn't just stitching.
Portraiture Within a Boundary
or at least that is what I will call these for now.
12 8x8 stitched collages within the theme of portraiture.
I've left these unfinished or without a binding.
I could keep going with this theme
they are really fun to make, some were actually rather challenging
It's really nice to see them all in a row!!
These two were given 2021 honorable mention.
my portfolio of local images from this last year was definitely suffering from things pandemic. I usually have more to choose from.
errands/outs and about in 2020 were truly few and essential.
these were the ten I submitted to this years essence of bellingham:
I enjoy the process of deciding which 10 to submit.
I will know in June if any were acknowledged in prize
here is the rest of the images that I deemed valid to enter:
there were 4 curbside couches this year.
and lots and lots of graffiti.
this one is by Matt French.
These three were selected last year for honorable mention.
Because of things covid there was no display of them in city hall.
This years annual kids art walk will be virtual.
I was paired with a Montessori student named Sophie
The group exhibition is hosted by Make.Shift Gallery in May.
The theme is MACHINES.
Sophie wrote this prompt:
Plastic, shiny, glossy and smooth, the Spitoilink drone deck is rootbeer brown and wonderful. It has the polished look of a Lego. The wand and wand holder are gnarled like a real tree branch. At the end of the wand there is a luminous red button The hologram is the color of the hologram you bought. It is held up by a wand holder which connects to the giant drone which will fly when you say, “alexaflyfly”. It is as big as a tiny room.
The Spitoilink produces a realistic hologram. You click a button at the end of the wand to make the hologram appear. It will fly when you say, “alexaflyfly”. It will fly because it has a built in Alexa that controls the drone. It smells like latex and is silent. You can buy a different type which is based off of which hologram it makes. There are lots of holograms including penguins, Voldomort, cake, a hawk, and more.
and painted this:
I made this collage:
Artist name/Pronouns: Karen Hanrahan SHE
Title: Holographic Rays
Materials: Stitched Collage
This is my third time participating.
Woman Made Gallery hosted an exhibit titled "Reciprocity". The theme was about artists pairing their work. What struck me most about the exhibit was how many of the artists knew each other for such a long while.
The gallery put out an additional art call for letters to the participating artists, a project of sorts, offering thanks to an assigned work of art and the artist. I signed on. I heard the response to participate was overwhelming.
How wonderful is that!
The artist that I was assigned to was Sanaz Haghini. She submitted this distinctive red and black screen print titled "Struggle".
In her artist statement she writes:
"My work examines how culture and its identity can be understood from its women’s status and circumstances, such as the roles they play in society, the rights they enjoy (or not), and most pointedly, the dress codes to which they must adhere. For this collaboration, I wanted to depict a woman with a chador, a black veil that swallows the woman in its form. I wanted to envision a woman who struggles with her thoughts, a woman who attempts to hold or release something. I try to visualize an impression of being safe or being insecure. My work depicts the hiddenness, which is in contrast with Lara’s work. Mine is a silence, and hers is a scream. Mine is a secret, and hers is a manifest. From my view, this familiar contrast identifies the same situation. Even though we are from different lands, we face similarities because of our sex. This collaboration helped me to understand the meaning of being a woman in another culture. These similarities make us as a woman to be closer together and have respect for our struggles."
Part of my letter to her said:
"Thank you for your work “Struggle” Sanaz! Several things spoke to me about your screen print. My most immediate response was from your use of red and black. Both haunting and striking. One could not mistake the struggle of the figure. You said it was a swallowing of form. I thought invisibility. I thought ordinary. I thought of how in day to day life one can be lost. That even hidden one can still visibly bleed. Powerful. I was also struck by the reflection in the red. I felt it portrayed how we never really get away from what we hide from or what haunts us. I loved what you wrote about the contrasts between your work and Lara’s. “Yours is silence, hers is a scream.” I felt both! Thank you for your ability to provoke. I spent quite a bit of time with this exhibit. What touched me the most was the many long term relationships between paired artists. Many offered mutual admiration and contrasting art styles. The gathering as a whole was an experience. Even if I only viewed it online. I love that about art!"
Screen print by Sanaz Haghini - Title: Struggle
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