Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In a forgotten field

My most recent finished piece is the first of a series that is underway. It is a bit of a new direction because I have been thinking about how the materials and techniques I use resonate with the subject matter and themes. In that spirit, I've been working with wool from a local farm- felting, spinning and dying it with plant dyes. It is important to me that my art communicate a connection with nature - these new pieces feel to me like nature spirits from some forgotten past that are allowing themselves to be glimpsed again as we humans are struggling to fix what we have broken here on the planet. Each one is standing on a stone and is expressing with both face and hands the sacredness of land and its beings.

I am also beginning a series of paintings with portraits of the figures and images of of landscape and vegetation which are on scrap wood, refinished and primed for oil paint. I am inspired by alterpieces that I've seen while studying in Italy and just recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

I don't have photos yet of the show at the Essex, but I will soon, as well as photos of changes I made to some older work.
Faeriecon was even more wonderful than I had hoped! So many artists that I love were so accessible and generous with their time and advice. It really meant so much to me to talk to meet people I've long admired like Kinuko Craft, Wendy Froud, Toby Froud, Forrest Rogers as well as meeting so many new artists to be inspired by. I'll certainly be adding more links to my site in the near future (but not until I get back from a weekend in the country, where I'm going to paint and try to process all the visual input from this past week!)


FairiesNest said...

Your new work is breathtaking! I too have been striving to use more natural materials in my work, using more wool and some of the new alternative fiberfills. By the way, Anne is marvelous!

paintedskywoman said...

I accidentally dyed some of my students purple when we were making corn husk dolls for our lecture section on Iroquoian/Haudenosaunee culture. I was using the husks from "Indian corn" which comes in all kinds of crazy colours. Well the purple husks are excellent for naturally dying things a beautiful grape coloured purple. If you are ever looking for a deep purple those corn husks might be useful. This time of year they sell them in most grocery stores for fall/Thanksgiving decorations.

Justin Russell said...

This doll is amazing! I can't wait to see more of them, as well as the paintings. I hope your trip was inspiring to you and gave you some fresh ideas.

Doreen said...

Your work is amazing. I love that you take the earth into consideration with your work.

Love the picture of the wool on the line. I work a lot with wool..i love it...I also like hand dying my own wool and fabric for my dolls.

Love your Ann doll she is absolutely beautiful.

Take care,