One area of stitching complete:
Creativity is essentially about making unexpected connections. Working in mixed media is very stimulating precisely because it expands the opportunity for forming new connections, especially in contemporary approaches where the options for ingredients has cracked wide open.
Stitchery, whether as sewing, embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch or other needle arts, has taken on particular importance in recent years. Late great Canadian artist Joyce Wieland (one of my heroes) was a pioneer in bringing traditional women's arts, such as sewing and quilting for example, into "real" art, i.e. the kind that gets shown in galleries and museums.
Below is a work-in-progress I've scanned in, where I'm drawing-by-embroidering onto a close-up photo of mine of an old, rusty lawnmower.
What interesting media combinations have you seen somewhere or tried yourself?
Work in progress for my upcoming 'Chains Unlinked' solo show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (July 2 through Sept 13, 2015).
The process of unlinking the strands that make up chain link revealed beautiful patterns. The red cable ties in the fourth photo show them bundled and ready to go for powder coating. Can't wait to see the finished results!
Anybody who's taken an experimental course with me (or my daily practice workshop) will be familiar with the fact that I liken myself to a “mad scientist” in my studio. It's a fun way of encapsulating the playful but serious work of trying, experimenting, finding out what doesn't work in order to find out what does.
My studio is generally full of experiments in various stages of development and observation.
In the photo above are three of the ingredients I am working with for some art-chemistry experiments. The chalk and the gum arabic I just purchased this weekend and can't wait to get mixing with, but first I have to re-prime part of the wall in my stairwell (see previous post on that by clicking this text).
I will keep you posted!
By-the-way, if experimenting like a “mad scientist” sounds like fun, it is, and if you're not doing enough of it yourself, why don't you set aside some playtime in your “laboratory”?
I'm testing and practicing to prepare for my summer show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, where I'll have an enormous wall drawing. This weekend I picked up some massive charcoal sticks & a chunk (check out the measurements in the photo above). I can't wait to try them!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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