You may have seen them here before, but not since they've been professionally photographed. Here are my four newest artworks.
The first one is Miscalculated. I had this one dreamed up quite a while ago and the sketch for it is embarrassingly simple. I had intended for it to be a lot smaller than what it ended up being, which is 63" x 52", because I wanted to make this for an exhibit called A Sense of Humor. However, there was a very specific size range specified and I just couldn't make this fit those parameters. Oh well. After I posted this on my website, a friend wrote and made the comment that Miscalculated was a word that represented something singularly human, while many of my past works represented physical things. That made me realize that, for the past few years, it had been easier to deal with things than with emotions. I think I'm ready to change that.The second is Convoluted. When installed, it's about 15" h x 18" w x 18" d.,about the same size as Discombobulated. This is the fourth quilt of this type I've created and in some ways, I wish they would go away because they are a pain to arrange properly, but they have also become my signature, bread-and-butter pieces. I made this one particularly colorful and gave it a black binding in order to make the colors pop even more.
The third is Picniced. Originally a joint project with two other people, I made new items to replace the ones they reclaimed after the exhibit was over. I am particularly proud of my BLT sandwich, which is entirely made of fiber materials, and my dill pickle, which is made of a lightweight modeling clay. My photographer happened to shoot it with the groundcloth propped up on the back of the backdrop so you could see the stream scene. Last week, I was looking at this picture and realized the genius of what he had done. I now plan to add a hanging sleeve at the stream end of the quilt and hang it low on the wall when it is displayed. That way, the picnicers can see the scene a lot better when they are eating their clay pickle and Tyvek bacon.
The last is Collapsed. I had this displayed in my solo exhibit last Fall, so it's not really a new piece. Leftovers from Collapsed went into Miscalculated and Convoluted, which is why the color schemes are almost the same. Although it's hard to see in this picture, there are six legs attached to the base. I suppose I could have used shorter legs, but I wanted this to be a freestanding work that didn't require a pedestal. It had to be tall enough so people wouldn't trip over it in an exhibit.
(Ah, now there's an idea. I could stretch a long, skinny quilt across the entrance to my next exhibit right at ankle level and call it Tripped. I could even set up a camera to watch the people stumble and make it into a video artwork, too. But before I do that, I'd better see if my finances could stand the inevitable lawsuits from disgruntled exhibit goers.)