It’s submissions time again and I am working on some new work for the 2012 Convergence Show in Long Beach, CA this summer. The neat thing about this show (put on by the Handweaver’s Guild of America) is that the art is excellent, it is biennial and in a different location each time, traveling across country and this year it is in my birthplace. Betcha didn’t know that! I was born in Long Beach and though I have grown up here in the Midwest and truly love it, I am excited to have my work and take Esther’s Place to California this summer.
Over the next few posts I would love to share some of my work and the thoughts behind them. Here is a the submission I am working on for their Latitude:All Media 2012 show. It is actually four pieces that I started on in November and before I even knew the theme of the show, I had the urge to call them the Latitude/Longitude Series. They are stiffened, hand dyed silks with nuno felt, painting with oils on the surface and stitching with threads and wire. These were wrapped on canvases, then I mounted them on painted canvases. The whole piece measures about 45″ x45″. Here’s their story:
In our lives, we have many paths. We have paths that lead us to discover our dreams, our passions, our imagination. Other paths bring us to the richness of relationships, to the interwoven framework of support and community of like-minded individuals. Paths can lead us to places that strengthen us, and other times to places where we’d rather not go.
These paths intersect with others at times. Like the earth has its lines of latitude and longitude, they provide a basis for our life’s timeline. It is these lines of pivotal moments that help us cherish memories, recall friendships, and cling to the best of life, even in the worst of times.
In a way, these pieces make up the quarters of our lives, the different eras we pass through as we change and grow. Our paths during each time in our life cause us to become the person we are today. Also, the view of each piece provides an aerial geographical survey of the land of life- our own continents and islands and the world we surround ourselves in.
Latitude and Longitude. It’s a way to not only measure but also quantify, refer to and suggest a place, position or location. Much in the same manner are those significant latitude-longitude lines in our lives.
I’ll be sharing more of my work, philosophy and artistry. Check back often!