Actual Depth

“I am interested in fooling the eye employing both, trompe l’ioels and actual depth.” - the artist

Different Perspectives I, 2016. Fibers, NFS

Different Perspectives I, 2016. Fibers, NFS

I never thought about turning 65, and all that would entail. As years of welding, grinding, the heavy lifting of sculpture, and shoulder surgeries gradually caught up with me; I began to think of other materials, materials that would extend my art-making another 25-30 years.

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit I, 2018. Fiber, $3500

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit I, 2018. Fiber, $3500

Long ago I was a kite maker, I created them using traditional quilt patterns, sewing them out of rip-stop nylon; flying, and exhibiting them all over the world. Therefore, I had spent an inordinate amount of time on a sewing machine.

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit III, 2018. Fiber, $5000

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit III, 2018. Fiber, $5000

Fabric seemed a logical material to return to. Transitioning from welder to fabric artist I have become conscious of how often I still think about how light falls across a plane, I have used gradation in other fabric pieces to create depth, but in this series, I am interested in fooling the eye employing both, trompe l’ioels and actual depth.  

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit II, 2018. Fibers, $3500

Tromper l'oeil, tromper l'esprit II, 2018. Fibers, $3500

Trained primarily as a sculptor I am always aware of how light falls across a surface.  This series traces my experimentation with Tread Painting, from creating the illusion of 3-D to creating pieces that are actually 3-D.

Bob's Block, The hard edge of thread, 2018. Fibers, $2500

Bob's Block, The hard edge of thread, 2018. Fibers, $2500

This work was made on 3 stationary Bernina sewing machines using (+or-) 56 miles of Gutermann thread; hours of pod cast, book tapes, and online courses, something impossible when welding and grinding steel. From ear plugs to ear buds, not a bad trade.


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