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alienlandscape...textile art

The alienlandscape, is it real?  Are these views from my window?  Are they views from my mind?  Recently, I listened to a recording of the wind blowing on Mars .  What did that sound evoke?


Originally I trained as a weaver, I graduated with a B.A . (Hons) in Woven and Printed Textiles in 1978. Later on, I got my Masters degree in Architecture.  I was a Design Architect for a number of years.


Now I work in fiber;  in wool, in silk,  I use found objects, beads, bones, bugs and gemstones.


This is a portfolio of work from 2018. 



Artist Statement

I was educated as a weaver. Color and texture spoke to me, the display of colors and textures that I saw in the landscape around me was so exciting. I expressed my joy in the hand dying and in the woven and knotted sculptural tapestries that I produced. Working on a small scale allowed me to express my delight in my surroundings as tiny visions.

 
Later I trained as an Architect, and again, tried to understand my environment through the forms that nature expressed around me. Tempering my vision with the norms and utility required was a challenge. I imposed the grid, I rotated the grid. My work became driven by clients who were not particularly interested in this sort of vision. I felt like a mad scientist stuffed into a matchbox.


For some years I was not involved with any employment that was “artistic”. I kept learning and exploring. I was seeing the world the same way that I had always had, but now freedom beckoned me. Imagery that I had delighted in, and that I learned to use in the early days of my artistic time now seemed even more intense in my vision. It’s like I’m wearing new glasses, ones that that effect what I see with a freedom that I wasn’t comfortable with before.


My life changed again when I retired. I had been learning new techniques, exploring new (for me) materials and combining mediums all along. Now I have begun producing a new body of work, one informed by the same influences as before, but now I am able to express my visions much more freely. My vision is new and old at the same time, driven by delight in the color and texture that has always been evocative to me, but in a way that is more playful and less constrained by boundaries than ever.


Giving my work titles that are to some degree enigmatic is a delight. It translates into a description of the alienlandscape,  of it's daily life and of the stories it can tell, colored by the viewer’s own vision and experience.



Damnation

11" x 14" x 4"



merino wool, slik, druzy, copper wire, acrylic paint on canvas




8" x 18" x 4"


merino wool,acrylic on canvas



merino wool,acrylic paint on canvas


Spring Came, Like a Green Fire


10" x 10" 



merino wool, silk, bamboo fiber, copper wire and African turquoise,polyester fabric,acrylic paint on canvas


Ulysses in Florida

6" x 6"



merino wool, freshwater pearls, polyester thread and acrylic on canvas


Night, with Bat's Wing


approx. 9" x 14"


merino wool and recycled silk sari fiber, freshwater pearls, glass beads and acrylic paint on canvas






How We Tell Time


approximately 6" x 6"



merino wool, dog hair,copper, African trade bead, and glass beads and acrylic paint on canvas


It Ain't Pixie Dust


4"x 12"



merino wool, found glass beads, creepy doll arm and found ribbon, acrylic paint on canvas 





"Resting my head, on the sea bed..."


8"x 10"



silk fabric, merino wool, silk fibre, glass beads, druzy, polyester fabric and faux leather


Underneath the Log

approx. 5" X 12"



merino wool, antique African bone disks, ribbon, and acrylic paint on canvas


The Sun Also Rises

4" x 4"

4" x 4"

merino wool, silk fiber, freshwater pearls, acrylic paint on canvas


4" x 4"




The Dreaming


approx. 7" x 6"



merino wool, silk fiber, freshwaterpearls, acrylic paint on canvas



"You Thought the Leaden Winter Would Bring You Down Forever"

approx.18" x 20" 



merino wool, bamboo fiber, glass beads and acrylic paint on canvas 




Still Life with Melon Slice


5" x 16"


merino wool, glass beads,acrylic paint on canvas   SOLD 


Midnight at the Oasis

approx. 8" x 8"



merino wool, glass beads, amethyst beads, freshwater pearls, acrylic paint on canvas


The Great Wave Broke Behind the City

approx. 8: x 10



merino wool, glass beads,polyester thread, acrylic paint on canvas

These works are delicate

The fibers I use may fade from UV exposure.  They are hand dyed and the colors may be more fugitive than commercially dyed fibers.


They may suffer damage from environmental conditions such as moths, dirt and abrasion.


 Each work has a natural, moth repelling lavender sachet attached to it's back. This should be replaced or rejuvenated with a drop or two of lavender oil periodically. 






Please do not vacuum or dust the surface, rather, use a can of air to gently remove any dust or dirt off the surface. Spray air from a distance of at least 8 inches, so as not do disturb or otherwise rearrange the fibers.


Do not hang in direct sunlight, and hang where children are not tempted to poke their fingers into the fibers or to pick at the textured areas.



Recent Projects

In 2018 I was pleased to become one of the Artists in Cellophane, when my series  of 50 alienlandscapes became part of the Art* O*Mat program.

Please visit www.artomat.org to read about this exciting program and to discover where you can buy art from their brilliant re purposed cigarette vending machines.   There are around 400 contributing artists from 10 different countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat® project. My alienlandscapes are currently featured in machines at the MoFA, Boston (see the Art*O*Mat "Speed", below,) The Radio Room Restaurant in Portland,Oregon (www.radioroompdx.com/our-space/,) in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Casino and at the Black Earth Art Gallery in Cedar Rapids,Iowa. The two latest machines to feature my work are: Minneapolis' Le Meridien Chambers Hotel and Interboro Spirits and Ales in Brooklyn, NY.

CONTACT ME

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