Tuesday, 28 February 2017
I KNOW NOW
Researching Hundertwasser and his body of works, I preferred his spiral paintings. He wrote an essay in 1974 titled “The Spiral”. It is a fascinating perspective on his philosophy of spirals. Here is an excerpt: ... “Our whole life proceeds in spirals. Our earth describes a spiral course, that is we move in circles, but we never come back to the same point. The circle is not closed. We only reach the same level as the point where we began. It is characteristic of a spiral that is seems to be a circle but is not closed.” ...
For my inspiration, I chose the following piece that he created in 1960:
The I Still Do Not Know
That title is very appropriate for my journey as an artist…I still do not know what my "artistic voice" is. However, I DO know that I am not an abstract artist. I DO know that I do not like layering, collages, or “messy” work…I prefer realism and harmony.
Creating a piece in his style has proven to be the most difficult task that I have undertaken. As I attempted to interpret his style, I realized that I did not own any fabric in primary colors. No problem, I went to my quilt shop and stocked up on what I needed. Unfortunately, I could not accomplish my vision with cottons. Eventually, I found it easier to felt wool and wool rovings to complete the top. To finish, I layered it with batting and backing, then quilted around the spiral.
Upon completing this challenge, I am pleased with the results and what I learned:
Despite coming full circle in this project, I never arrived back at my starting point, building a spiral of my development as a fiber artist, moving onto the next level.
The title to my piece is:
I Know Now