“Clowned” is a mixed media portrait that started my experimentation with defacing photography with thread. Using a scanned image from a 1800s cabinet card, I imagined how the unknown woman would look in clown make-up. I use a fabric printer to place the image on linen fabric and then I hand embroider with floss. And a mini broach and blouse completes the ensemble. 8 x 8 inches.
Hello Dali is simply a tribute to one of my art influencers, the surrealistic genius Salvador Dali. The portrait is hand embroidered over photo-printed linen fabric. 8 x 8 inches.
The base for the portrait began as a photo of a Victorian era woman in mourning attire. The image was colorized, printed on linen fabric and then hand embroidered. “Badass Granny” is a juxtaposition of 20th Century technology and events with the Industrial Age. 8 x 8 inches
Breaking the Fourth Wall
The “Fourth Wall” is a conceptual invisible barrier between those presenting a form or communication and those receiving it. The inspiration for this portrait is Marvel’s film version of Deadpool. Deadpool often breaks the Fourth Wall and speaks directly into the camera lens. The character is a wise cracking and often crude superhero who hides his cancer scars behind a mask. Similarly social media (Twitter, Facebook…) has allowed many in society to “Break the Fourth Wall” to deliver spiteful, nasty commentary directly to an unsuspecting recipient. 8 x 8 inches.
The above works are part of two exhibitions this summer. The first exhibition called “Threadworks” features many talented artists that had one common “thread”: the use of textiles. The other exhibition my work is featured in is City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, CT. The theme of the exhibition is “Same-Sex”. The art pieces included in the exhibition include “Clowned”, “Badass Granny” and Hello Dali.