2020 is off to a good start for me personally. I have completed two artworks that I will drop off at the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center tomorrow. Along with my Seeking Truth (described in a previous blog), they will be part of a special exhibit of works from the artists who won awards in their annual members show last year. I was fortunate enough to get third place in that show for my Ode to Maria. (Read about that here.) So not only did I receive a nice check then, I am able to display three more works in the current show. Here they are:
Though times are well in my little bit of the world, the larger world seems to be getting ever more chaotic. As I've said many times, creating art is one of the ways I try to keep the chaos at bay, keep calm, and bring a little joy to the world. I've called these recent works Slowing Time because that's what they help me do. Working on them forces me to concentrate on the current moment and let go of the things roiling around me. I stitch as much as I want to without worrying about how long it will take or whether I'll meet some deadline. I just keep going till I think I'm satisfied that every part of the design that needs stitching has it. As you can see in the detail photos below, I kept going for a long time on these.
I stitched on the background first, then I added the skeleton leaves and stitched some more. The skeleton leaves have been fused down, but I still like to stitch over them for added texture as well as making sure they are securely attached.
As an aside, you may have noticed that I've used skeleton leaves in many of my recent works. They are symbolic of my love of trees, my concerns for our planet and my hopes that we can get our priorities straight before it's too late. Let's keep working on that.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.