05 Series of Work

  • Johnny Hallyday’sNotebook #1 75” h x 65” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroideredwith mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    Part of a series dedicated to the French singer,actor and idol Johnny Hallyday, especially his music and persona from the earlyRock n’ Roll and ye`ye` era. This piece could be subtitled “Serre la main fou” (Shake the hand of the fool) after one of his hit songs.

  • KiliWatch 72” h x 60” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroideredwith mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    This piece is titled “ Kili Watch” after the song by Johnny Hallyday . I wanted to create the frantic and amazingFrench Rock n’ Roll song frenzy, texture and swirl.
  • 05/05/05, Artist Statement  

    My work and weavings evolve spontaneously, as I explore the unlimited possibilities of color, pattern and texture through the deconstruction and reassembly of symmetrical lines. In musical terms, I think of those weavingsas a raga, a traditional pattern of rising and falling notes in Hindu classical composition around which creative improvisations can dance and play. In this approach there is a feeling ofpassing through a visual barrier that encompasses and expands the sensation of seeing, sound, rhythm and meaning, which is another element in my current work.

    After weaving many yards of the fabric, all my preconceived ideas of color, texture and material began to fall away andI started to make connections with textiles that inhabit a sense of depth. The woven fabric began to function less as pattern and began instead to serve embroidered motifs, in the foreground,increasing the levels of distance and space. I started to discover ways of embellishing the surfaces with asymmetrical lines and non-linear ways of marking on the cloth. The process of using the handwoven cloth as a kind of “found” canvas is what moved my series of 10 wall pieces titled“05/05/05” into a rediscovery of whatcan occur on the surface. I remember being shocked by how the cloth was able to merge and meld together the elementsof color and texture. That is the moment when I discovered a new level of momentum, meaning and motivation.
    The embroidered symbols I used in those pieces were inspired by my experience and recovery from a traumatic injury that nearly severed my right arm. Using the oddly X-shaped scar on my forearm as the starting point, I slowly developed thesymbols and surface embroidery in conjunction with the regeneration of the nerves, tendons, arteries and inner workings of my arm. The injury to my armwas the biggest challenge I have faced, both physically and artistically. While having three surgeries and many months of physical therapy and encouragement from my hand therapist I found myself trying to understand and explain the injury, rehabilitation and disability in visualterms.

    As an artist I wanted to find a way to represent a simultaneous lack of sensation and painful regeneration, as well as the, electrical rejuvenation and constant energy shifts of recovery. The ten wall hangings I completed after my injury have an ecstatic and illuminated quality that provides a window into my experience. The embroidered images and symbols I employ acknowledge both my personal history and my investigation into the slow spill of time, memory and space.
  • Zeus’sGame 75” h x 68” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    The Red Zeus. Zeus’sblood. What game is Zeus playing?
  • HydrangeaSeries 78” h x 68” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    I wanted to make a kind of royal cloth. A Purple cloth being the choice of kings and used in times of great devotion and religious processions.
  • BluePeninsula 76” h x 66” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroideredwith mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.
     
    This wall piece was inspired by the calming and ecstatic images of water and an Emily Dickinson poem.
  • WaterFalling on Water 78” h x 58” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    Dreams of water and waterfalls inspired this piece. 
  • ShipwreckedSailor Series 72” h x 66” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    Inspired by the short story “The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I wanted to create the balance of possibility and fatalism which I was feeling as well as the theme in his writing.
  • Runaway Horses 78” h x 68” w
     Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroideredwith mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    I wanted to make a blanket for the horse that my grandmother used in her stories. Consuming the animal in warmth and beauty.
  • A Snowman for Joseph 70” h x 79” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    This piece is an abstraction of one my happiest childhood memories and dedicated to Joseph Cornell.
  • Hong Kong Fog 62” h x 32” w
    Wallpiece made of handwoven silk and cotton fabric, sewn, pieced and embroidered with mohair, silk yarn and hand-dyed silk ribbon.

    I was fascinated by the strange and beautiful water and fog in Hong Kong harbor and “The Green Hornet”Bruce Lee.