Monthly Archives: March 2010
Dream Weaver is very tall, about 16″. Most of the figures I create are 9″ or smaller. She was originally created for display though a cloth doll making group I belonged to and their directions said she had to be over 12″. It was a challenge for me.
The story of Rumpelstiltskin was going through my mind when I created her. I focused on the Miller’s daughter who had to spin straw into gold. The idea behind the story is metaphoric for me as well. As a mixed media artist who uses found objects, stones, and scraps of fabric in my work I understand that feeling of alchemy as I transform ordinary stuff into something treasured. In many ways Dream Weaver is the most autobiographical of my works.
I’m continuing to muse about particular works of mine that I resonate with. It’s interesting how quickly the pieces become autonomous and it isn’t easy to recall the details of creation. I always remember the why but not the how.
“Grandmother’s Song” is a tribute to women who have enhanced my life but have now ‘crossed over’. Some I have known for a small time and others for much longer and some I never met at all. Still it was something about them that affected and changed my life.
The original inspiration was artist Marsha Gomez and the 5 days I spent in her mask-making class in 1998. A Canadian doll-maker, Chaika Wiseman, my Aunt Pat and my Great Grandmother Ida Roos whom I never met were a few of the other women whom I pay honour to in “Grandmother’s Song”.
On page 40 of a favourite book of mine, “Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers” by Leonard Koren, he writes: “Things are either devolving toward, or evolving from, nothingness.” Though “A Story to Tell” was created before I ever read his book it is respect for the fragility and cyclic nature of life I was aiming for in this piece. Another question for me concerned the delicate nature of ideas; where do they come from, where do they go and how do I as an artist catch something of their elusive splendor? Symbolism in this piece: the hand as the creative act, the patterned stick as nature/source of ideas and the brush as the artist/record keeper.
“To Dream a Good Dream” is another early work. She was originally created for a springtime group show; “Healing the Earth”. Symbolic elements in this mixed media, fibre art piece include:
Circle as earth, time, life and/or seasons.
Figure in Circle is Earth, Wisdom, or the Good Dream.
Figure lying down is the Dreamer who is anyone with a dream for a healthy Earth.
Shells represent possibilities, ideas, and/or dreams.
Arrowheads denote the passage of time and everyone working together.
This work was created by using a stretched canvas that I cut into and then inserted a rope covered wooden circle. I used primarily recycled fabrics and found objects. The arrowheads were bought at a Science Centre and were the missing piece to the work. The colours represent the colours of mankind.