Posted by Peg in South Carolina
What follows is a series of musings, the kind that can happen when one keeps a journal. These led me seemingly inevitably to the last paragraph. In that paragraph I found myself at a place I never wanted to find myself.
I stumbled recently upon a tapestry self-portrait. Go here to view it. It is very abstract, created by tapestry artist Patricia Dunn in 2002. Here is her statement about the piece:
"Using colors, the palette, to express an idea of myself"
Looking at her piece I see much that looks like the kind of 8-blocks-on-four-shafts crackle I have been engaging with. Perhaps my next set of art pieces could be a series of self-portraits.
CHOOSING APPROPRIATE COLORS
But how would I choose the colors? Clearly I love red. But I am not that kind of out-going, exuberant, devil-may-care type of person that I would associate with red. And much as I love color, I don't associate myself with any particular colors. Red and black strikes emotional chords. I love red and black. But that is for a dramatic personality with lots of flair. Perhaps there is a side of me I do not know? Perhaps there is wish to be something I am not?
A POSSIBLE CHALLENGE
It would be interesting to issue a challenge to weavers to create a self portrait. Any structure except tapestry. Include a brief artist statement.
Back to Patricia Dunn. I also looked at her landscapes. Go here to see those. Though these too are tapestries, the effects of many of them remind me very much of my current crackle studies. Canyon 6 #2 I find especially crackle-like in appearance. Perhaps I, too, could use landscape to inspire my crackle studies.
Finally, what may be my favorite tapestry by Dunn. Under a heading called Zacatecas there is a lovely crackle--like tapestry all in shades of red. It is called Zacatecas 3:Desert Dancers. Go here to view it. Yes, red does speak to me. But why?
THINKING LIKE AN ARTIST
Perhaps I am getting to the point that I need to start thinking like an artist. By this I mean, or at least I think I mean (!), looking both inside and outside of myself for inspiration and then trying to express what I find. This is a strange point to find myself.
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"Self Portraits, Landscapes and Crackle" was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on September 4, 2008. © 2008 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina