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Layered Voices

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Blue Burn Blue Burn
Joanne Alberda   •  Sioux Center, Iowa, USA More Info
This work was inspired by photographs of aged and decaying wood from the abandoned buildings in Virginia City, a 19th-century mining ghost town. Last year I viewed the works of painter Clyfford Still. I was inspired by his use of color and struck by the way painted surfaces echo the layering of the stains and patinas of the wood in my photographs.
Tales from a Shingled Roof Tales from a Shingled Roof
Joanne Alberda   •  Sioux Center, Iowa, USA More Info
This work was inspired by photographs of aged and decaying wood from the abandoned buildings in Virginia City, a 19th-century mining ghost town. I used a layered technique to depict the shingled roof of a weather-ravaged structure. Variations in color and striation give a layered approach to time, each shingle telling its own story.
Core Sample Core Sample
Regina Benson   •  Golden, Colorado, USA More Info
Watching geologists drill core samples in Colorado’s Piance Creek Basin, I am struck by the vibrant hues and textures of our earth’s layers: ribbons of history formed millions of years ago when these high mountains were lake beds and sea bottoms. This dimensional triptych has been layered and formed as an emerging underground experience.
Quite Quiet Quite Quiet
Peggy Brown   •  Nashville, Indiana, USA More Info
Various parts of the image appear on, above, or below the substrate surface of my design. Subtlecoloring inspired the title, Quite Quiet.
Multicellular Multicellular
Betty Busby   •  Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA More Info
Constant experimentation with new materials and techniques fuels my work, which has many sources of inspiration. The idea for Multicellular came from the subtle differences in organic tissue patterns—one shape repeats in an endless variety of ways. The contrast between the thin translucent areas and the padded background was important, as was the color shift between ▶
In Other Words In Other Words
Jette Clover   •  Antwerpen, Belgium More Info
I love words. They have shapes and sounds, and they convey meaning. I was a journalist before I became an artist, and now stitching has become a new way of writing. Stitching resembles the rhythm of writing with a pen — a slow, intimate process during which one becomes aware of the marking of time. 
Defiant Defiant
Linda Colsh   •   Middletown, Maryland, USA More Info
Few places are so complex as Sarajevo. Walking the city, you still see scars, tears, scorched and shell-pocked walls. Defiant people walk alongside broken ones. A woman with a quick but quiet pace caught my eye. Was her rapid gait learned while traversing Sniper Alley’s intersections? Elbow out in defiance, her habits epitomized those of the survivors.
X Marks the Spot X Marks the Spot
Fenella Davies   •  Bath, N. Somerset, United Kingdom More Info
What is buried underneath the layers of earth, soil, and land? People’s memories, their lives, their time on earth.
The Profound The Profound
Chiaki Dosho   •  Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan More Info
The bottom of the sea is dark, yet I can still see a tiny beam of light. Though people suffer from accidents, disasters, politics, and death, life itself is a miracle. Hope in the face of misfortune helps us to go on living. The red strings represent this glimmer of hope amid the darkness of the world.
Cobwebs IV Cobwebs IV
Linda Engstrom   •  Scottsdale, Arizona, USA More Info
Transparent and semi-transparent materials are layered on a solid surface, giving a microscopic view and interpretation of cobwebs in a primordial forest. Open spaces in the layers themselves invite exploration of the implied plant material and its filmy covering. The freestanding top layer enables it to move in a breeze, just as a cobweb would.
Cross Currents #4 Cross Currents #4
Dianne Firth   •  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia More Info
This quilt uses transparent layers and stitch to explore the potential of light and shade. It captures ideasboth literal and metaphorical, such as the pattern of light rays passing through water flowing in differentdirections, as well as the segmentation and disruption caused by divergent forces.
It`s Time It`s Time
Gloria Hansen   •  East Windsor, New Jersey, USA More Info
It’s Time is about the haunting passage of time and things that are no more. The imagery is created from photos I took in the U.K. of various ruins, books, and clocks. Collaged layers create additional figures within the piece. The quilted wavy lines in groups of five represent music notation paper without a single note.
Happy today? Happy today?
Leah Higgins   •   Manchester, United Kingdom More Info
Happy today? was created following a dark, difficult period caring for a loved one with severe depression. Constantly checking; asking “Are you OK?” “How do you feel?” Driven by my need for reassurance, my fear of the unthinkable. Burying my own feelings from him. From others. From myself. Stressful, exhausting days and nights. Occasional bittersweet ▶
Death Shroud for Democracy Death Shroud for Democracy
Kristin La Flamme   •  Portland, Oregon, USA More Info
Referencing the Shroud of Turin, and thus the death of an important ideal, the figure here is Uncle Sam. The disassembled U.S. flag is a metaphor for Congress disassembling democracy. Layers of embroidered words refer to people, ideas, and actions that tear at its very fabric. This piece expresses my frustration and disappointment with American politics, particularly since ▶
Somewhere Between Somewhere Between
Paulette Landers   •  Rainier, Oregon, USA More Info
I walk in the space between — neither reality nor dream. It bridges intangibility and discovery where vision meets creativity. Anything and everything becomes possibility.
Migration. Souvenir. Migration. Souvenir.
Roxanne Lasky   •  Bluffton, South Carolina, USA More Info
We carry memories in our bodies, in our minds and hearts, as scars on our skin, in our bones, and even in our cells. We move with our memories as if adorned with regal garb, or as armor against conflict, protection from the elements, warnings against danger, crimes against self, boundaries that prevent transgressing into growth and joy, and wisdom for the future. This coat ▶
Of Irritability and Salinity Of Irritability and Salinity
John Lefelhocz   •  Athens, Ohio, USA More Info
At face value being a decent and honest person seems like it should be simple and straightforward. When everything goes smoothly, this can be true. Add the complexity of multiple priorities, goals, and agendas, and the path to harmony becomes less direct and less clear. To overcome this quagmire, many proclaim the wisdom to know what to do; the virtuous are the ones that do ▶
Letters to Myself - Page 2 Letters to Myself - Page 2
Denise Linet   •  Brunswick, Maine, USA More Info
A visual language of symbols and codes was created using layers of paper and cloth. They form a vocabulary that initiates contemplation or perhaps transformation.
THIS Revolution Will Not Be Televised #13, Protest Series THIS Revolution Will Not Be Televised #13, Protest Series
Penny Mateer and Martha Wasik   •  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA More Info
In 2014, following the announcement that NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo would not be indicted for killing Eric Garner, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund posted a series of tweets naming 76 individuals killed in police custody since 1999. Rich Juzwiak and Aleksander Chan compiled the tweets, photos, and details on each individual, publishing the list on www.gawker.com.
Premonition Premonition
Dinah Sargeant   •  Newhall, California, USA More Info
A sensing of what might be next.
Entanglements Entanglements
Barbara Watler   •  Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA More Info
I have lived in the same area of South Florida for 55 years, but I still miss the bare winter trees of northern Ohio where I grew up. Photographs provide endless spontaneously natural compositions. The complexity of intertwined trunks and branches creates a network of intersections which outline repeating shapes. They change and evolve in ways that are new, yet ancient.
Red Bioluminescence Red Bioluminescence
Barbara Watler   •  Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA More Info
My bioluminescence series has been developed from photo transfers of my dye paintings. In this piece, the transfers are on the under layer, stitched together in whole-cloth reverse appliqué. The hand stitching on the red background creates random zigzag patterns that repeat how bioluminescence looks in process.
Smoke and Ashes: Ruins #1 Smoke and Ashes: Ruins #1
Charlotte Ziebarth   •   Boulder, Colorado, USA More Info
My Ruins series explores the visual landscape left behind as layers of time, gravity, weather, and other natural forces cause changes in our man-made and natural environments. Digital art based on original photographs was created by layering several images: rock walls, drippy graffiti lines, water flowing over a rock, and more. The layers of imagery evoke mountain ▶


 

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