shed light in the dark
now imagine choose your world
belong to someone
I found a wonderful children’s alphabet book at the library called “ABeCedarios”. It’s illustrated with brightly painted animal sculptures made by the Jimenez family of Oaxaca, Mexico, which I’ve used as references to make some creatures in collage.
Poem courtesy of my collage box oracle.
your shadow not you
half glimpsed movements refracted
sideways through corners
of the eye that seem to be
always pregnant with the past
When I moved into my current residence, I found that my neighbor’s four cats considered the deck outside my kitchen to be an extension of their yard. She had taken all of them in as strays, years ago.
The last of them died this weekend.
Their presence remains.
My final drawings of Tabby from last week.
Kerfe’s painting of me and my cat. The date is a bit blotchy but it looks like 1972. She has always had a distinctive style, I think.
Cats know how to take it easy.
They have a knack for changing their relaxation posture just after you’ve put a few lines down on the paper though.
Sometimes meditation is good.
But every once in awhile a cat needs to be on alert and keep an eye out for squirrels or other cats.
Have a relaxing Thanksgiving with family and friends! And by all means, have that extra helping of your favorite food.
Actually, he’s been conspicuously absent for the past week, although I’ve seen him at the water dish a few times. I hope he found a cooler place for his “activities”, but I do miss looking out and doing a quick sketch.
The grooming sketch had to be extra-quick…
…although even when asleep he’s constantly in motion.
Done on the Art Set app for iPad over a photo. Cheating, I suppose, but I like the look of this especially her eyes.
I’ve spoken before about the show I saw at The Drawing Center with textiles as its theme (http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcenter/5/exhibitions/9/upcoming/806/thread-lines/). It was interesting to me that a few of the artists used sweaters and sweater graphs in their work, but I was put off by the fact that they used sweaters that other people had designed, once again exploiting the creative work of those mostly anonymous and underpaid textile artists.
It occurred to me that I could exploit myself. I’ve been re-purposing my unsold swatches from my own design work for pillows and dolls–why not make an artistic statement derived from their original purpose? Over the 20+ years that I designed and made these miniature sweater fronts, I must have produced thousands of designs. I have hundreds that were returned from my reps (because they didn’t sell) to choose from.
Animal skin as a motif is perennially popular; I decided to combine some of those patterned sweater designs with my concern about endangered species. I embroidered in black and white duplicate stitch a statement–“there are less than 4000 wild tigers left in the world”–and a ghostly tiger face on top of the knit sweater front.
What do you think?