Saturday, April 27, 2013
Remember this piece I started a while back? Well, it became a background for a little artwork I am going to call Shelter.
It is inspired by so many things that are a part of me right now. My new love of this raw, organic, shabby style of piecing and stitching. My love of textures - I'm discovering that is what drives me in my work. The desire to re-create textures. Their visual and tactile qualities.
And, of course, my on-going fascination with toadstools and mushrooms. Why? Is it because they are small and unassuming and often go unnoticed? Or is it just because they're so darn cute? What is it that draws me to them over and over again? Why do we choose the subjects we choose?
I worried a little about my obsession with them until I discovered that Beatrix Potter was also captivated by them and spent years gathering them and sketching them and even wrote a scientific paper on them! Apparently, she was quite the armchair mycologist. That made me feel better about it and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue playing with them until I am ready to move on. After all, how many times did Monet paint those haystacks? People thought he was a little crazy there for a while, too :)
And I chose the name, Shelter, because to me it looks like a little baby mushroom sheltering himself underneath his mama's cap. Perhaps I should have put him a little closer to her. This is also the first time I have used natural materials in a piece - something I've been wanting to do since the beginning. I'm hoping to add some more natural elements when I finish it and frame it.
I am really happy with this one, and it will be going up on the wall. Ya'll just don't know what a big deal that is for me. Huge.
I hope you like it, too :)