I guess to understand where I’m going, I have to reflect on where I’ve been.
So, I’ve decided once a week to take one of my past artworks and revisit it in the form of a post. I have to admit I am very slack with the activity of reflection, but as an artisan it is a very important tool in evolving your skills.
So, here we go….
My late grandmother, 2003, 100cmx80cm, mixed media.
I love texture and different mediums, materials and hold a blatant disregard for conventional ART rules. My creative sparks are at their brightest when experimenting and breaking with those rules. I went to University and obtained a Bachelors of Visual Art with a major in painting. During my degree I tried to pass all sorts of media as ‘painting’ this was one of those works.
In the creation of this work there was a lot of ‘up-cycle’ and a little painting. The frame was made of recycled scrap timber and covered in denim using a conventional canvas blocking technique, I then knitted and crocheted the background and stretched the piece over the top. I was definitely not a proficient knitter back then. To knit and purl was all I knew how to do. I was more interested in how I could blend colours and different threads in a ‘painterly’ visual way.
The image in the centre was painted with oil paints on canvas and then hand stitched on top of the knitted panel. One of my tutors was horrified and dismissed it immediately…. I was all about provoking reaction and felt I had succeeded in that, even if it was negative.
This was the first substantial work I created using the technique of knitting. I love this work and it takes pride of place in my lounge.