Artist Information for Mary Pal
My process involves saturating cheesecloth with adhesive and sculpting it into forms that are ultimately machine-stitched to a background textile. Cheesecloth for me represents the very essence of textiles – the most minimal configuration of warp and weft. Its fluidity permits me to control opacity, to depict light and transparency, to play with chiaroscuro. I am thus able to sculpt a two-dimensional representation that nonetheless reflects a unique depth and texture. And further, I am free to explore the connection between process and materials and the way that they relate to my subject matter, in this case, the texture and vulnerability of the human face.
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Corrosion39" x 32"   Photo by Ray Pilon
Like steel left to rust and corrode, this homeless man is a rebuke to the society that elects to carelessly cast him aside. We ignore those living in poverty at our peril. Reference photo by Edmondo Senatore, Italy.
Leonard27" x 37"   Photo by Ray Pilon
Poet, singer, songwriter, no image of this treasured Canadian writer is complete without reminders of his lyrics. From a reference photo by Chris Woods.
Willie46" x 34"   Photo by Thomas Blanchard
Adapted from a reference photo by Allen Matheson.
Lighthouse Keeper36" x 46"   Photo by Ray Pilon
Adapted from a reference photo by Alan Kingsbury
Medium: Hand-dyed cheesecloth, hand-painted cotton canvas, monofilament and polyester threads, felt backing
Lighthouse Keeper Detail36" x 46"   Photo by Ray Pilon