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28 in(94 cm x 71 cm)
What If? was made during the darkest part of the pandemic. During that time I had been meeting with friends in a grove of trees. The grove and the light I could see through the canopy of leaves became my place of safety and security and a metaphor for a return to joy. I began with a series of abstracted maples leaves drawn at multiple scales. I chose the maple leaf because its many indentations would permit other leaves to be visible underneath after layering. To further enhance the effect of a profusion of leaves, I used hand painted fabrics that I stamped or sun printed with maples leaves and stenciled more leaves with Pitt Pens. I cut away parts of the appliquéd leaves to create an implied sashing. The resulting grid-like structure evokes a feeling of the stability I so longed for at that time.
Cotton, dyes, paints, chalk pastels, inks, pens
Dyed, painted, sun printed, monoprinted, stamped, stencilled, machine pieced, fused, appliquéd, machine stitched