Earth Wind Water featuring recent work by me opens April 18 and runs through July 2, 2017 at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego.
The above pictured, Shifting Winds, is part of my current exploration involving the use of cut strips of silk prints as digital surface design. By layering these strips of imagery in ways different from the original digital painting I can create a new landscape impression. Rather than relying on the digitally altered photograph for the composition, I use a collage technique to enjoy a more spontaneous approach to art making and quilt design. It allows for repetitions and serendipitous happenings and sometimes unplanned juxtapositions. Although cut up and rearranged, the qualities of the original do come through to convey wateriness, waves, or sand ripples.
Written on the Waves and Written in the Sand are smaller versions using this collage technique with my digital surface designed fabrics. Cut narrower and narrower I am inspired by the textures and lines that appear in the photos of reflected water images, as well as the line drawing quality of images of tree branches and corrugated tin roofs. A landscape-like composition emerged in each of these spontaneous compositions.
Sometimes the compositions of the original photograph inspire me to make a “whole cloth quilt” such as Reflecting #34, In this quilt the stitching is the drawing on top of the photo of the sun on the water, emphasizing or adding to the lines in the cropped and digitally colored photo.
All quilts use my digital art which is derived from my photographs, printed on prepared silk charmeuse, cut and fused, and stitched with rayon and cotton threads. All quilts are sprayed with UV filtered acrylic spray varnish for added protection.