Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (2017) – Acid dye on silk.
Flare, as in, enliven.
You would not find Spider Lilies at florists. They flower in fields in early fall as every other flowering plant withers, giving their distinctive red the perfect stage with no competing colors.
Since fall 2012 I have observed the lilies closely, especially through capturing their petals in macro photographs, as the ideas for this series crystallized.
The petals, about an inch long at most, while remaining nearly motionless – there are some, as they progressively curl – they manage to emanate the inspirative fluidity just as dynamic as that of the Ocean.
This is the first of the two-piece series with one half of a petal painted, on a slip, a type of garment designed to be worn closest to the skin not always intended to be seen by others, to enfold but also to express inwardly, to speak into oneself, in this case the language of the red lilies of the field, and of the universal, inspirative Fluidity.
Being in the moment is looking at a national flag and seeing a piece of cloth.
Flag Series (2003- ) was born out of my fondness for weathered materials.
Few decades back, I found an old American flag in a dusty pile at a thrift store. Over time as I examined the material, transiency I saw woven into the fading fabric spoke to me that, with all it had seen, what remains is only the beauty of life, pulsating in this moment.
By scissoring National flags, I do not intend to dishonor the Nations or the feelings of those who stand behind them. This is not an act of protest.
Rather, by using the Flags as a mere, yet uniquely attractive material in forms nearly unrecognizable of their origins, I wish to abandon the roles assigned to them so as to bring forth the tales of their individual histories.
Bar Code Dress (1996) Silver barcode hand painted on one side. Pigment fabric paint on polyurethane.
Drafting Dress (1996) Silver mechanical drawing. Pigment fabric paint on polyurethane.
Pixel Dress (1998) Subdued pixels in gradations of gray. Pigment fabric paint on rayon-polyurethane.
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