May 4th – 20th
Art Dolls – Textiles
My focus has been the human figure in sculptural fabric form since 1986, using this form as my canvas. Having never played with dolls as a child (I only made clothes for them), as an adult I now play endlessly with fabric and needle, and call these textile figures “dolls.” I view dollmaking as a very personal statement about me and the world in which I live, my past and future experiences, and how I perceive them and react to them. I attempt to translate my love of textiles into a simplified figure, whether it is nude or heavily adorned.
Organic forms have enthralled me forever: leaves, flowers, petals, stamens, roots, tiny spring shoots, dragonflies, vines, bees, the sky, sunshine, clouds, anything wild. The inherent rhythm fascinates me.
I’ve been working with flat textiles since 2005. Printing and painting fabric since the mid-1990s, adding embroidery to my painted fabric has heightened my awareness of the flat surface becoming three-dimensional. Hand embroidery, now often called “the stitched mark” because of its personal language of stitches that it creates for the artist, I did as a child and am glad to be coming full circle. Free-form machine embroidery, complements the slow work of hand embroidery with a different look and feel that I love.
Self-portraits have also become increasingly important as a vehicle to express the comical and tragic side of life.
This focus has intensified with the study of related techniques, such as photo transfer to fabric and plastic, fabric piecing and manipulation, embellishment through beading/embroidery, hand and free-form machine embroidery, felting, needle-sculpted fabric faces, articulated hands, woven and knit fabric structure and so much more. I continue to study, experiment and be enthralled with textiles in all their varied forms in order to express my place in the world.
This exhibition has been arranged by Deborah Blakeley of Zoneone Arts