Artist, Designer, Traveler, Writer, Photographer

“MY COUNTRY”

Staining and dripping fluid acrylic on the reverse side of a roughly cut piece of Okawara paper were the beginning of “My Country”. Misting the red paint with water allowed the pigment to achieve a matt surface as it stained and was absorbed into the receptive, cloth-like Okawara paper. The very thick drops of pigment retained the original gloss of the paint.

After some initial work it soon became clear that the image was failing to meet my expectations. Flipping the paper over I continued by working from the stained image that had bled through from the original side. As with earlier pieces, I decided to use a wrinkling method to add interesting texture. An attempt to accentuate the ridges and valleys of the relatively soft wrinkles with Nupastel was not a fruitful path.  But the wonderful texture of the wrinkles created a kind of “landscape” on the paper and the large red stained central image evoked a map and thus the title “My Country”. And as with the previous works, dots continue to create fields of color.

MY COUNTRY 2012 acrylic, pastel on Okawara paper 36 x 22.5"

MY COUNTRY 2012 detail

I love the possibilities that wrinkling paper gives and have used it on crisper drawing papers with dry media like Nupastel where I could follow the “geography” of the crushed and wrinkled paper easily.

THREE IN RED 2003 from "The Threads Project"

The qualities of paper and canvas have long been the subjects of investigation and relate to my work using dyes and pigments in textile design as well.  (Working with dyes on fabric results in the same elements of staining that appear in these recent pieces.)

Okawara paper has a dual-sided ability to accept both wet and dry media and its durability allows physical manipulation like crushing and wrinkling as well as folding and creasing. (Four Maps For Karibib)

“My Country” continues the investigation of properties and process of materials and media that was more formally begun more than a decade ago.

THREE IN RED Triptych 2003 wrinkled paper and pastel 17.25 x 17"

In this triptych, “Three In Red”, from“The Threads Project”  I used red and white to create analogous images using different materials. The section on the left is wrinkled drawing paper and Nupastel. The center work consists of loosely-sewn red thread on tulle, while the right work uses shades of red and pink thread on cotton sateen. Each is approximately 17 x 17 inches.

Advertisements

One response

  1. Thank you Cast.Light and Carstuic for letting me know that you enjoyed “My Country”. It’s amazing to have readers from countries around the world. Both of your blogs are beautiful , whether in word or image~

    April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s