Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Eggs Are Fried

I've been working on a new series of prints/drawings. I don't know how many I'm going to do yet. I have 4 completed, 4 in the works, and many more pieces/ideas to go. I guess I'll stop when I feel it's time.

materials: silkscreen, acrylic, graphite, thread, coffee

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

i've been a bit neglectful

Mother May I?

This House is a Home

Mother May I: 
When I began working sculpturally, the pregnant form used in “Territorial Marking” was an inspirational form for my new work. I wanted to create a piece that served as a metaphor of the struggle of not only personal paths and choices of the mother, but the struggle/connection with the child as they grow up. The repetition of the sphere and circles is used to simulate a womb, but the form itself reflects natural forms such as caves, canyons, and valleys. The lines in not only the wood, but with the yarn create a direction to lead the viewer around the piece. To create contrast and to show the connection between the (egg) sphere and womb, I repurposed a baby blanket which symbolically serves as the umbilical cord. The cord, for me, also shows the connection and the struggle of parenting both physically and emotionally. 
This House Is a Home
As I continued to develop conceptually with the womb imagery, I began contemplating on the significance of the home which I have raised my daughter. “This House is a Home” is a welded steel sculpture which uses strictly line as a way to create a form. As with “Mother May I,” I addressed the issues of nature vs nurture but this time it is within the confines of my own home. The house serves as a place which I have raised my child and want to keep her safe, yet as she gets older, the house feels more like a prison where she feels caged and controlled. I incorporated repeated curved lines to simulate a womb -- the womb being represented in the areas which one would enter and exit the home and are also represented in the bedrooms which my daughter and I sleep respectively. Use of line was very important for this piece since line is the only thing being used to create a form. Contrast of straight and curved lines also create a visual tension for the viewer which also reinforces, conceptually, the tensions of the mother/daughter relationship.