Sunday, December 29, 2013
--"We flew back home like swallows. 'Is it happiness that makes us so light?' Agathe asked."-------- Ruddy duck textile with Balzac quote from "Le Pere Goriot"
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
"Between you and me, I am not deep, but very wide..."- Honore de Balzac ................. + hanging (out with) Paul and Laura
"...and it takes time to walk around me."-- Honore de Balzac in a letter he wrote to Countess Clara Maffei
I like the use of the word "wide" (epais) in reference to the expansiveness of oneself.
I used two layers of an old cotton blanket for the backing.
When viewed from the back, the stitching of the writing looks like its own cuneiform system.
Paul and Laura
Otherwise this week, I decided Paul and Laura belonged together, so I suspended them from a wooden dowel with butcher's twine...
I was thinking of Piero della Francesca's Duke and Duchess of Urbino
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
...le Grazie in lei diffuse e sparte...
-the Graces diffused and scattered in her...
- Anton Francesco Grazzini
Laura Battiferri--by Bronzino, 1560.
Thinking of portraits, poetry and poets.. this bird reminded me of the portrait of the poet Laura Battiferri by Bronzino (also spelled "Battiferra"), even though the abstract, bumpy, quality of my textile couldn't be more different than the refined perfection of Bronzino's painting. It was the beak which brought to mind Battiferri's exquisite profile. I've had portraits on my mind lately, as you can see in this photo of my studio floor taken a few weeks ago when I was first considering using my drawing to make a textile.
The poet Anton Francesco Grazzini wrote a poem (-see p4) about Bronzino's painting of Laura Battiferra.
I was particularly struck by the line "le Grazie in lei diffuse e sparte" (the Graces diffused and scattered in her) and tried to use the worn threads of the bedspread to evoke the idea - interweaving the stitches in such a way so that they seem to hang in the threads. I would love to make something on a much larger scale that has large, loose threads, and perhaps shapes and text woven into them.
...I recalled this map our brain makes to remember where we parked our car in the parking lot. The red dots mark the firing pattern of our brain cells on a triangular grid-- just goes to show that we are patterns at our most fundamental, functional level. This coincides with an interest I have in how humans organize themselves organically, what systems are always running in the background or our lives.
Maps, network, threads, imagination... each time I make something I am making a map, literally sewing up the diversity of ideas floating around in my head at any given time
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A kitty I've named Tillycat adopted me a couple of weeks ago. She's small, friendly and has dramatic markings which I had to photograph. When a friend saw the pics, he said "She looks just like a Clyfford Still painting!"
.....and as I was cropping these pics, I couldn't help putting one of her legs in a box,
like I did in some of my bird drawings .
Back to the cat....walking a fence rail.