One year later, my piece for the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ exhibition Radical Elements is complete. It is a huge relief to have the work done, photographed, and shipped to Ohio, where it will stay until its debut in May in Baltimore. When I applied to be a part of the exhibition, I did not realize the pressure I would put myself under to complete the piece.
When you apply to most shows, you submit photos of a finished work. If the juror(s) like it, it gets in. If they don’t, you apply somewhere else. For this exhibition, artists were accepted based on their portfolios. Then we made work specifically for submission to the exhibition. So you have to make a terrific piece and hope it lives up to your reputation. Hope that it holds its own next to that of the other artists. Yikes.
I won’t do that again–anytime soon anyway.
What ‘radical elements’ did I use in the piece? Archival tyvek collaged with decorative papers. A medical exam glove. Window screen. Magnets. Guitar strings. Some of these elements evoke the uses of Samarium. Others allowed me to use my surface design techniques without fabric. I included my new favorite technique of designing a portion of the piece to fall forward off the wall with gravity. Radical indeed, don’t you think?
I can’t show you a full photograph, but here are some teasers:
If you see me in person I can show you a full size picture…. Have you ever finished an imporant piece ‘just in the nick of time?’