Monday, April 16, 2007

“YES DRESS”, 43”x58”, 2006, $10,000

With “Yes Dress”, I am saying “yes” to life, to a new art, and “yes” and to “Give and Take”, i.e., belonging to a group of artists busily influencing each other to lift the art quilt to a new level of sophistication.

In collaborating with other artists, I am opening to new partnerships in creativity by using the work of a teacher of mine, polymer clay artist, Susan Terry. I also made use of the expertise of Jenny Michael, who machine quilted the piece. I felt challenged by Arturo Sandoval’s lecture in 2004 in Colorado to extend my creativity to participate on a deeper level by experimenting more with shaped artworks. I love to Improvise and allow my art to grow and evolve and to cross new boundaries. “Yes Dress” grew into the shape it is by this type of improvising. I admire the folk art of Rev. Howard Finster, who painted messages on the surfaces of his canvases. I dare myself to paint words on the surface of my quilt.

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