Redirecting the Ordinary - Selected Artists & Works

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Madeleine Bajracharya - Shadows Madeleine Bajracharya   • Glendale CA  US     
46in x 29in

Shadows are very fascinating. They have their own reality; they only appear with light and then do not leave.

Bobbi Baugh -   Dance of the SurvivorsBobbi Baugh   • DeLand FL  US
Dance of the Survivors
46in x  30in

When first pulled from the garden, these quirky, misshapen carrots filled me with delight. They made me laugh. They’d had a rough time underground—hitting, then growing around rocks and roots—and their bodies showed it! They reminded me of the tough, resilient women I know, whose bodies have been changed by disease or its treatments. Like them, these three spunky characters want to celebrate that they made it. It’s girls’ night out — let’s dance!

Helen Beaven  -  Knit One, Paint One Helen Beaven   • Wellington   NZ
Knit One, Paint One   
44in x 29in

My quilting friends enjoy knitting — at times knitting more than they quilt! My mother (and possibly my Nana) taught me to knit when I was a child. It is not something that I now do very often, so this quilt is my oversized take on knitting.

Sharon Buck  -   Winter In My Ordinary Florida Garden Sharon Buck   • Newport FL  US
Winter In My Ordinary Florida Garden    
44.5in x 31.25in

My inspiration comes from nature: landscapes, plants and animals. I take lots of photos in addition to sketching and painting. I enjoy two vastly different environments, tropical Florida and the unique rain forest of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Betty Busby -   CorrosionBetty Busby   • Albuquerque NM  US
48in x  32in

Starting with the natural patterns formed during the oxidation of metal, I used my own photo and subjected it to extensive alteration. It is fascinating to me the way the process of decay can be made visually appealing if observed in a unique way.

Lucy Carroll  -   Work ReadyLucy Carroll   • Redlynch QLD  AU
Work Ready   
45in x  32in

When James is at home, he gets ready for work before the kids are up. He wears his wedding ring on his watchband for safety like most Clearance Divers, and we spend a few minutes together before we go our own ways for the day.

I quickly snapped a few photos one morning of him just getting ready, nothing special. The change of viewpoint offers a glimpse of him, a suggestion of his preparation for his job, and honors his decision to retain a link to his family.

Gillian Cooper  -   9.29 in the morning  Gillian Cooper   • Balfron Stirlingshire  GB  
9.29 in the morning   
45.5in x 28.5in

This piece developed from a series of photos of the ground, one taken every 37 steps I made during one day. The resulting images were in some ways as I expected, unframed and random, often slightly blurred, with a deadening repetition of grey pavement, tarmac roads and floor tiles. Welcome to my life.

However, there were also some unexpected instances of beauty: a pink petal mixed with the dust around cobblestones; an interesting pattern from the cracks in the paving slabs; the linear repetition of stairs. All things I had not noticed in my quick jog through the day. If I hadn’t dismissed it as dull, if its familiarity had not made me immune to it, there were things of interest to enhance my day. This is based on photo 57 at 9:29 in the morning.

Jennifer Day -   MemoriesJennifer Day   • Santa Fe NM  US
45in x 31in 

This woman is sitting in her wheelchair in a doorway in Havana, Cuba. She is wearing jewelry and her hair is brushed. I love that she still has memories of her husband and that her wedding ring now rests on her right hand. She certainly has redirected the ordinary by painting her fingernails red at age ninety-six. I hope to be painting my nails just like she has someday!


Donna Deaver  -   Reflection #9Donna Deaver   • Coeur d Alene ID  US
Reflection #9   
45in x 28.5in  

Reflection #9 was inspired by the reflection in glass of a large cement parking structure. I was caught by surprise at its transformation and had to look several times to be sure that what I was seeing was the reflection of that particular structure. Though the building itself is dark and very utilitarian, the reflection at twilight reminded me of funhouse mirrors at the carnival — full of organic lines and shapes that carry a degree of both excitement and serenity.

Joan Dyer  -  Have a Cup Joan Dyer   • Grass Valley CA  US
Have a Cup   
43in x 30in

The simple form of the humble cup expands into graceful shapes and endless possibilities. It may become a bowl or dish, a lovely vase, or just an organic form. Decorations abound with the use of color and pattern in thread.

Sarah Entsminger  -   As the Blades TurnSarah Entsminger   • Ashburn VA  US
As the Blades Turn   
44in x 32in 

Each lazy turn of the ceiling fan’s blades reminds me of treasured summer memories. Light breezes rocked the wicker swing on my grandmother’s porch as I sat and read books filled with adventure. A lazy Sunday afternoon nap or the first steaming cup of coffee in the morning. Slowly tubing down a winding river in dappled sunlight. Listening to my grandmother and mother retell family stories as we shelled fresh beans. Each turn of the blades calms and calls me to a simpler time and place.

Suzanne    Evenson  -   Ordinary MomentsSuzanne Evenson   • Inverness FL  US
Ordinary Moments   
46in x 30in  

With my camera I captured the sunlight and shadows of a summer morning and a row of blossoms becoming delicate shapes and colors as they dried. These images were printed onto fabric then machine and hand stitched.

Peggy Fetterhoff - Night and DayPeggy Fetterhoff   • Spring TX  US
Night and Day   
44in x  28in

If you are inspired in the late hours of the day, you are at your most creative within the darkness. Other’s talents rise as the sun radiates over the earth.

Helen Godden  -    A Close Shave Helen Godden   • Latham ACT  AU   
A Close Shave   
47in x  28in

I sharpened my pencils preparing to sketch something that appears somewhat ordinary but really, if given half a chance, is quite interesting in its own unique way. PARAGRAPH BREAK And there they were: pencil shavings sitting on the white desk, scattered with their delicate edges of color hinting at the beautiful color they each held. With imagination and open eyes, they could be delicate tulle ballerina skirts, shells or coral collected from the shores of a tropical beach, handle-less umbrellas or parasols from a different era. Their pale soft wooden forms undulating in a delicate spiral, a thin layer removed like an onion skin. Their soft pink flesh just edged with a hint of their former self. The slivers of shaved color falling from their wounds, bleeding just a little of their life onto the desk. This is a Close Shave.

Terry Grant  -  The Cloth RemembersTerry Grant   • Beaverton OR  US
The Cloth Remembers   
46in x 28.5in

Cloth is cloth, whether it is new or well worn, yet it seems that the clothing we wear carries memories of the life lived in that clothing. The shirt of a stranger becomes the raw material for a work of fabric art and imbues that work with mysteries and memories the artist can only imagine. For the past year I have been disassembling and over-dyeing men’s shirts from which I make my quilted work. In the process of taking the shirts apart, clues like a broken button, a stain or tear are evidence of a past life. I fashion my own story from the recycled cloth, but there are stories unknown to me that live within the work. The ordinary holds layers of meaning.

Becky Grover -   Screen Time Becky Grover   • Ann Arbor MI  US 
Screen Time   
45in x  28in  

It is amazing to me how quickly computers and the Internet have become “ordinary.” My son is growing up in a time where he can ask me any question, and if I don’t know the answer, we can find the answer together in seconds! Even more amazing, we can access that information in many different formats: text, photo, video or audio. He can stay in touch with members of our family when traveling, play games online with friends, learn how to program computers and find out how big the earth is. With the world at his fingertips, one of his favorite questions is “Mom, can I please have some screen time?“

Sally Hutson  -   Reading MatterSally Hutson   • Milton Keynes Bucks  GB
Reading Matter   
44in x 28in  

Bookshelves behind me. Bookshelves in front of me. Bookshelves at my sewing table — a view I look at every day. An ordinary but wonderful vista that contains so much information. Teaching and learning through the written word, images to inspire. Everyday objects that we so take for granted. What would we do without books? PARAGRAPH BREAK Broken down into abstract shapes, the words on the spines of the books morph into patterns and contours that become just a little less ordinary than the usual view, but no less important.

Patricia  Kennedy-Zafred  -    Sugar and SpicePatricia Kennedy-Zafred   • Murrysville PA  US   
Sugar & Spice   
47.75in x 31.75in 

Images from an ordinary early 1950s childhood, accented with text typical of primary school readers and embellished with antique photo slides, are brought together on vintage muslin sugar sacks with the intent to spark tender memories and speak of a time and place from the past. The photographs are typical of a generation of women, mostly senior citizens now, whose early years were safe, secure, and full of dreams. However, these little girls of the baby boom generation changed the road map for all the little girls who followed, blazing new trails in nearly every aspect of personal and professional life and creating new possibilities and endless opportunities for women. This quilt is a tribute to an extraordinary generation of “little girls.”

Patricia Kroth  -  Garden StampedePat Kroth   • Verona WI  US
Garden Stampede   
44in x 29.5in

Prior to email, cell phones and iPads, most correspondence was done by letter in a stamped envelope. With Garden Stampede I’d like to celebrate the postage stamp for its uniqueness, color, design and simple beauty.

Karol  Kusmaul  -   Filling UpKarol Kusmaul   • Inverness FL  US
Filling Up   
44in x 32in 

In a busy world, it’s good to have mindless chores that give us time to reflect, to imagine, to dream. Tasks like mowing the lawn, filling up the gas tank, our daily commute, all give us an opportunity to pause and gather our thoughts — to recharge, to fill up our minds and souls with ideas and plans. These are chances to make mundane tasks something special in our lives.

Karol  Kusmaul  -  CruisingKarol Kusmaul   • Inverness FL  US
44in x 32in

Going out to hang some laundry on my clothesline, I spotted a dragonfly perched on a clothespin. I thought about butterflies, dragonflies, and birds, and their ability to fly about and see the world from a different point of view than we humans. I have always been fascinated by the views when given the opportunity to fly in a plane or even climbing up on the roof of my home! I find it amazing that so many airplane travelers don’t bother to look out and see our planet from above.

Cat Larrea  -   SilverwareCat Larrea   • Anchorage AK  US
44in x 29in

“Silverware” is the rather pretentious name for the assortment of forks, knives and spoons we use daily. Though technically not silver, it was what we called it in my family instead of the more accurate but mildly depressing term of “flatware.” And nothing is so ordinary or so frequently visited as the kitchen drawer where it all lives.

Viviana Lombrozo  -   Beyond WordsViviana Lombrozo   • San Diego CA  US
Beyond Words   
48in x 29.5in 

This paragraph of text is a message, a vehicle for verbal communication. But it is also a series of marks on a page, or — for virtual readers — a pattern of light on a screen. Text is so ubiquitous, and our habit of deciphering it for verbal content so ingrained, that we often fail to appreciate it as a visual object in its own right. By isolating letters, letter-fragments, and other forms evocative of text, I want to redirect the viewer’s attention to the intrinsic beauty and expressiveness of text itself.

Lesley  Mayfield  -    Summer Afternoon Tea PartyLesley Mayfield   • Winlaw BC  CA
Summer Afternoon Tea Party   
46in x 30in

I was thinking of summer, the warm season pleasures of “ordinary” days. Indulging in tea outdoors with friends. Long hot days weeding, then a splash in the river. Just drifting along down this mental stream … then SCHAZAAM! PARAGRAPH BREAK What if these two things blended together? The tea service bobbing at water’s edge, with silver spoons the perfect paddles. In this whimsical world, proportions change and all the creatures can talk to us, just as it happened in childhood tales. PARAGRAPH BREAKRiver mist and fragrant steam or breath of a dragon from far-off Tea Mountain? Of course there’s a dragon, that ancient creature of transformation. Water into tea and back again — the whole world transforms, we just have to look. Only if our minds are dull is anything ever “ordinary.”

Val Mayse  -   Old SinkVal Mayse • Seattle WA US  
Old Sink   
47in x 31.25in

The symbols that underlie our common experience and elicit the most powerful response are simple: circles, squares, crosses. Here, the image of a drain in a sink is loaded with the meaning of a safety warning and more loaded still with the gestalt of the holy cross of Christianity.

Denise Oyama Miller  -  Shear DelightDenise Oyama Miller   • Fremont CA  US
Shear Delight   
44in x 28in  

No matter what work you are doing, having good tools always makes the job easier. I have always loved working with my various tools and value what they can do. I am especially fond of my scissors and realize that I cannot do my textile work without them. Just as good brushes are critical to a painter, good scissors are equally as critical in textile artwork. Since I am basically creating art for the wall just like a painting, I view my activity as “painting with my scissors.”

Judy Ross  -  Housefly RedefinedJudy Ross   • Avon CT  US
Housefly Redefined   
44in x 30.5in

I was thinking of something that I see frequently and that is something I prefer not to see: a common housefly. I decided to direct the viewer away from this homely flying creature and instead create something with character and beauty.

Laurie  Russman  -  Coffee at 35,000 FeetLaurie Russman   • New York NY  US
Coffee at 35,000 Feet   
45in x 30.5in 

I am fascinated with the effects of light on color and with the many special effects that apps such as PhotoBooth create. An ordinary object - a coffee cup on my tray table on a recent Air Canada flight - is transformed into a rainbow of primary colors as the camera captures the intense light streaming in through the airplane window. Playing with these images also “redirects” my imagination, turning an everyday moment during a business trip into a much-needed creative break. The imagined undersized spoon is a playful reference to one of my favorite artists, Magritte, a master of redirecting the ordinary.

Sara Sharp  -   Turning Bottles Into Stained GlassSara Sharp   • Austin TX  US
Turning Bottles Into "Stained Glass"   
46in x 31in

Outside, a gray winter day showed bare branches in my yard. Wanting to add some color to my surroundings, I started gathering all kinds of bottles from my kitchen, including ones holding juices, sodas, sports drinks, and wine. After removing most of the labels, I arranged them into a still life on an antique wooden table in a sunny window. The ordinary bottles were transformed into my own “stained glass” through the effects of transparency, translucency, luminosity, and reflection. Now I had a lovely scene to cheer up this chilly day. By combining colored glass and liquids with natural light, I lifted my spirits and was reminded to seek beauty in the everyday things around me.

Sandra Sider  -   Bottoms Up!  Sandra Sider   • Bronx NY  US
Bottoms Up!   
44in x 32in  

Wine glasses are transparent objects that glow with rich color when wine is poured. But fill them with light, and magical, unpredictable images appear.

Jean Sredl  -  Oats  Jean Sredl   • Riverside IL  US
48in x 32in

They grew quickly and quietly adjacent to the garage between the fences. Growing tall from seeds blown across the road. They were ignored until they ripened into glorious autumn splendor. Each seed head had an earthly palette all its own. From ordinary seeds come breads that feed the world and, of course, oatmeal cookies.

Ann Turley  -  Forke Family Secrets Ann Turley   • Fallbrook CA  US
Forke Family Secrets   
44in x 30.5in 

They are a little off, a bit unbalanced and sometimes dysfunctional. Nevertheless, the Forke family often shares a special meal together. The interplay of the tines not only soothes, but also creates tension. You never know who will be “it” this time.

Marianne Williamson -  Rough BarkMarianne R. Williamson   • Miami FL  US
Rough Bark   
47in x 31in 

The long format lent itself well to the idea of an old tree with rough bark. This tree has nothing extraordinary about it, but all trees fascinate us because their great age creates wonderful weathered effects.

Hope Wilmarth  -   Gentlemens Night OutHope Wilmarth   • Spring TX  US
Gentlemen's Night Out   
48in x 32in

I have collected ties from the men in my life for many years. The small sampling here represents my father’s ties, some of which were made by my mother, as well as my husband’s ties and my son-in-law’s ties. While rich in color, they are also rich in memory for me. The tags are interesting as well, especially the tags my mother purchased for her ties. Ever the frugal role model, she used them even though the printing company misspelled her name.

Gay  Young   -  Ice Cube   Gay  Young   • Frisco TX  US 
Ice Cube   
44in x 31in

Many of us use ice cubes on a daily basis. If the light is right, the colorful reflections can be vivid and striking.