Thursday, January 16, 2020

each mark is a reminder of my hand's caress

when you repeat an action again and again, you produce an effect of certainty or security in your viewer's mind.
you're not trying to discover something, or to convince yourself of something.
you're dealing with certainty as a formal concern, and that soothes the viewer

Jackie Winsor

Saturday, January 4, 2020

spontaneous slow art

I've started making with reckless abandon
Picking up whatever cloth is nearest and turning it into a piece. 
Creating something that I had NO plan to create even 6 hours before.
Not even 3 hours.   Not even 20 minutes.
As spontaneous as is possible in the slow method of sewn art.
journal entry today

Thursday, January 2, 2020

mystery of Anna

My grandmother's name was not in the family bible when we searched for it during our 2013 visit to Finland.
We think that she was born around 1896.
She had three sons:
Martin born 1916
Paul born 1923 (my dad)
Henry born 1929
She wrote letters to Lydia - an older sister born 1885
She wrote letters to Kerttu - Lydia's daughter- probably born 1919
My grandmother's name was Anne
She came to Canada from Finland with my father when he was 5 years old to get married to a widower with 4 children.  

Monday, December 30, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

old things

By following the materials and the process
for what I don't really understand
the meaning becomes revealed.
In this way the work is poetic.
journal entry today

Sunday, December 15, 2019

red inside

'She layers existing histories with new narratives suggested by current events
to create a psychological terrain of pathos, tenderness and unease. 
The dualities of love and suffering, danger and protection, life and death and
the human need for understanding are universal themes'

about Berlinde de Bruckere

Friday, December 13, 2019

dream cloth

Freud was right when he said that making art is magical thinking
- as dreams are -
and that art is the last place where the omnipotence of thought holds sway.

Donald Kuspit