I did some studio cleaning last week. And so I rediscovered a newspaper clipping I had saved in 2011.
It has re-appeared in my creative life at just the right time.
I remember being captivated by this little science snippet
“It will illustrate once again that somehow life finds a way to survive in the strangest and harshest places.” True for microbes. True for human beings. True for hopes and dreams.
When I first started creating textile pieces, I focused on natural scenes and images. What was most interesting to me was the concept of life beneath – life unseen – the mystery of what there is beyond the visible.
For the past year, as I have focused on works about home and memory, what interests me is much the same. What one sees from the outside is not all there is. Inner life is rich, textured, vibrant, layered, full of mystery. It’s my hope that the works have spoken both to the reality of facades and the reality of resilience.
I have just begun the process of thinking through some new works. I am filling pages in my sketchbook. I am interested in images of water, and juxtaposing them with non-organic patterns and abstract shapes. It’s another way to get at the idea of there being more that’s real than what we see.
I have begun some transfers onto fabric of enlarged text from this news clip, to incorporate into the new pieces. Even if it becomes obscured , I will know it’s there. “Scientists keep finding germs in places where they don’t expect.” We find life even where it does not seem it should be able to survive.
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