THE ALCHEMY SUITE
As I continued on from the beginning of ” The Threads Project”, not only did the definitions of “art” and “craft” become less distinct in my work, but the ideas of what were the borders of painting and drawing. The introduction of the term “works on paper” definitely provided a place within which many these new kinds of works could reside.
“New Alchemy” is a work in which I chose to use tracing paper. The paper’s translucent characteristic, the receptiveness of the surface to acrylic paint, and the crispness and slightly rigid quality allowed me to shape the edges and collage shapes onto its surface.
NEW ALCHEMY 2007 Acrylic on tracing paper 38 x 18″
As is my habit, this work is part of serial thinking and the use of ideas and motifs in various sizes, materials, and formats.
The “stitch-mark” evolved into a circular, wheel-like variation in “The Alchemy Suite”, three of which are seen below:
ALCHEMY SUITE-TWO 2007 Acrylic, pastel on paper
ALCHEMY SUITE-THREE 2007 Acrylic, pastel on paper
ALCHEMY SUITE-FORMATION 2007 Acrylic, pastel on paper
One could ask, “Are these drawings or paintings?” Is “New Alchemy” a drawing? A painting? A “work on paper”? Or all of these?