Wow, its already 2019. I didn’t do well with my promise to post every month did I?
Well to start off 2019, I am excited to share that one of my mokume pieces called “Reflections” has been accepted into a juried art quilt show at the Emerald Art Center in Eugene, Oregon, March 1-30, 2019. This is first time a piece of my has been on exhibit and I am beyond excited to be able share my work with the public.
I was really drawn to the topic “Fissures”. When this piece was conceived I was envisioning an opening into the unknown – the curtains opening to reveal whatever your mind would see. On its completion I realized it was a striking likeness of the female genitalia and this was confirmed by several trusted art friends.
I was immediately drawn to the recent advent of the “#metoo” movement. In the spirit of “Fissures” a womans vagina is the opening to so many emotions and feelings. Feelings of joy with the birth of a child and the joy of sharing a sexual experience with someone you love. Opposite of this wonderful experience is the despair and sadness experienced at the loss of a child during childbirth or before and the sense of violation when there is a sexual event without permission and/or forced. There are often subsequent breakdowns in relationships because of this same joy and despair -a fissure of types. Emotional bonds with family and loved ones can be temporarily or sometimes even permanently damaged. Cracks can appear in a relationship which can sometimes be healed but often irreparable damage is done.
My hope is that those observing this piece will experience happiness and joy because of positive experiences and relationship with this most precious and private part of our female anatomy. Perhaps, if it evokes dismay or even anger, the viewer will experience some healing or comfort, because of acknowledgement of the sadness and despair caused by loss – either a physical or emotional.