Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Things I Think About, II

"Black and white are absolute... expressing the most delicate vibration, the most profound tranquility, and unlimited profundity." -Shiko Munakata

Things I Think About, II
encaustic mixed media
12x12 inches

...and then there all the different shades of white and cream that pull me too.

After I completed Things I Think About I knew that I wanted to create some paintings based on it, but just the top part. And so I began to work on this one. My favorite part of the whole piece is the fact that the bowl shape on the top right is actually from a drawing of a beet from an old farmer's almanac. I just cropped it down to look bowl-like. There are a couple things here that I did that I would like to explore further in the future. This detail is one of them:

detail of thread and ink intermingling

There's several sewn bits in this piece as well. Sewing, stitches and thread have long been appearing in my work- I can't even remember when the first time was. But it was already in place when I created my first body of work about my pregnancy and becoming a mother back in 2007. So many personal metaphors tied to thread and sewing. All those are being held by the thread in this piece, as well as a new one. I wrote recently about how each painting leads to another, one thought births another. That was going through my head while I was incorporating the pieces of thread in this collaged piece.

"The act of sewing is a process of emotional repair." -Louise Bourgeois


  1. loving-ly
    stitched together
    each bit


    1. I have thought of how stitches contain love- especially when mending or creating something for one of my children. Loving-ly stitched together.
      Thank you eb. xo

  2. Are we going to incorporate any of this in our books next month? Looking forward to it.

  3. I share with my workshop folk pretty much all that I do! So, yes, for sure, Kathie. I'm looking forward to it too.