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.
All derivatives from Dyed Threads series.
Spider Lily – early sketch, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 1 (2015) The bird was photographed in September 1999, and became the inspiration for the Wing Dress series.
Spider Lily – study, monochrome (2015)
Wing Diptych 2 (2015)
Wing Diptych 3 (2015) The drawing was of an imaginary wing, and preceded the Wing Dress series.
Dragon Dress Diptych (2015)
Dragon Dress Prototype (2015) The dress in the photo was created around 1999-2000 with fabric marker as the first experiment for the Dyed Threads series.
The piece: “Aqua Dragon Dress” (2006) – acid dye on silk.
Photographed most probably with iPhone 4S on January 08, 2015 at 16:23, this lighthearted edit (with Snapseed, if not mistaken) was posted on EyeEm around the same time.
Published here on March 02, 2021.
Photographed March 18, 2012, with old model Canon Power Shot.
The piece “Indigo Dragon Top” was created in early part of 2006 but the process began in 1998.
Photo edited with VSCO Cam a few years later but never posted this edit.
Published on March 12, 2021.
“Do I look fat in this dress?”
“Do you see the flow I worked to capture on the dress??”
Never seen before photo of me trying the “Wing Dress – Velocity” on, during the coldest season of the year, closing my eyes and thanking God for solitude on the beach, because, you see, do I not look odd in this place.
And the Flow, ever present but elusive when forced,
retracing the flight paths of last summer’s swallows etched in the sky.
Photographed January 18, 2012 at 16:14 (cold!!), edited and published on February 23, 2021.
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