SAQA writer Clarian Ferrono had another chance to interview an artist who donated a piece to this year’s Benefit Auction:
Morck: The Magic of Crows was one of those serendipitous happenings that I especially enjoy when working creatively. I belong to Fibervision, a small fiber art group. At a meeting last fall, I told the group how my small country town celebrated Halloween and the fall harvest with blackbird images everywhere — in the local art gallery, along the streets, chalked on the sidewalks, and painted on buildings. A Fibervision member suggested that members bring a 12” square “‘blackbird” art piece to the next meeting. We surprised ourselves with an almost 100% response from our very independent, often charmingly contrary group.
Crows fascinate me, so I started by making a trio of original stamps and linoleum block carvings. The hand dyed background was a leftover scrap on which I, purely by happenstance, quickly tested one of the new stamps. That same fabric scrap had previously been used to test out another “stamp” — actually a commercial stencil of trees. I stamped with it instead of stenciling through it, hence the lighter, more ethereal look. Pure magic! The crow was walking through a misty, imaginary forest. With the addition of a few fabric and stitched tree trunks, this piece made itself. I mounted the work on painted canvas to finish. It’s always a pleasure to get myself out of the way and let the art appear!
Los Alamos, California, USA