Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Dark and Light, Front and Back
I don't have a picture of the original painting but as you can see it was dark. Or perhaps I was dark!
These pieces are about 4 x 7 ". I don't know why I chose that size. It probably made sense at the time. Then I added some collage elements, stitched on them both with the machine and by hand. On some I added oil crayon markings and shapes.
The bottom photo is the back side of the pieces with more collage, drawing and coloring.
I think it has something to do with the stitching which makes a mark on the backside as well as the front. I find those marks intriguing on the blank side of the paper/canvas. It offers me a whole other surface to respond to.
When I was in graduate school, several people commented on the backside of my fabric pieces, finding them interesting on their own. Actually, I think some of the people, professors especially, liked the back of the work better than the front!
So I have made an effort to think about this side/surface, although I have never been able to leave it alone....meaning just go with the stitching without adding anything else. Perhaps that would be a good challenge for a series of small pieces. And I think you can look forward to some of the pieces in the Upcycle series being light ones, using the backside of the work instead of the darker original painting side.