Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Mandala Teapot", 53"x56", 2005, $8,000

I began this piece in 2003 by unrolling a large sheet of white paper, pinning it to my design wall, picking up my pencil, making a mark in the center and then another mark, drawing shape after shape, allowing the image to emerge from my own center in my heart, in my mind and flowing from my hands. When I finished the drawing, I felt a sense of accomplishment, lightness and wholeness that comes after creative expression.

There is something about a teapot that has a meaning of containment—there is a circle—a sense of closure; this is wholeness; this is the mandala, and yet this container has a handle—you can pick it up and hold it; and there is a spout, an opening—you can pour out whatever is contained. The mandala imagery gives it a Spiritual, even sexual quality and the handle and the spout bring it down to earth—you can use it! And yet this is an image on fabric, a sewing, layering of cloth, a quilt, not to be used as a bedcover, but to be hung on the wall.

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