Archive for the ‘Artistic Voice’ Category

More Cool Wire/ El Wire Art

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

 Voon and Benson have done some cool stuff with el wire. Woven art pieces. Check them out

New Works

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

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Doing the Can Can is traveling with the Creative Force Exhibition

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Get Pumped is currently at the International Quilt Festival

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Trowel and Error is currently traveling with the In Full Bloom Exhibition

Blog Action Day

Monday, October 15th, 2007

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Native Americans had a reverence for the Earth that we have lost. Earth is our Mother and nurtures us. If we don’t have respect for Mother Earth and Father Sky, we will lose ourselves. I think part of our problem is we all spend so much time stuck inside. I sit on my porch every morning and look at the lake and take in some strength from nature.  I walk my dog on the beach every weekend and it sustains me. In the evening I am back on porch to see the moon and stars reflected on the lake

Go out… watch the sun set or rise. Reflect on life by staring into a lake. Remember that we part of something larger than ourselves.

Self Censorship

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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Ice is an earlier work and one of the pieces I DID NOT take to the art center because I thought it was a little out there for the audience.

It took me a long time to press send on the previous post. I wondered if it would hurt me to say what I think. Then I thought “What am I thinking? Didn’t I become an artist because I had something to say?

It led me into something I have been pondering. How much do I censor myself? I used to worry about what the kids or hubby would think. Hubby has often looked a little puzzled..horses, tools???? Then he snorts, shakes his head and laughs out loud. So I know he gets the jokes.

Do any of you artists self censor and why?

Censorship

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Last night was an interesting twist in my career as an artist. I told you all that I hung a show for Mixed Media Artists of Houston in Brazosport Art Center last week. The opening was Sat night. When we arrived one of the art league volunteers asked my husband if he wanted to see the work they almost banned. I knew it had to be one of mine <VBG> Sure enough “Cherry” had caused quite a stir.

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Third grade students had been in the center on Friday and were asked to sketch their favorite piece. A little boy picked Cherry and got busy sketching nipples.

This led to phone calls to the center by the parents or perhaps the teacher,  and a hasty meeting of the Brazosport Art League was held. Apparently it was a little heated as some people were angry about censorship and others more worried about the children.

In the end the group voted to stand by the artist (me!) and “Cherry” is still on display without bandaids (as someone apparently suggested as a joke).

This may be the pinnacle of my career. Every artist dreams of being BANNED!

HeART Attack

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

I almost had a heart attack to day when I saw this on the  news and  realized my QN 05 quilt was in the mail home via Fed Ex Click here
My dogs started barking, I ran to the computer to check the fed ex tracking number Dairy Barn sent me. The computer dinged in a new message from FE saying your package has been delivered. I walked back to the door where the dogs were still barking to see the truck pulling off and my package on the bench outside the door.

Whew…. just in time for my solo show at the local community college. They have new gallery and called me last month to do the solo show based on the recommendation of my local arts alliance director. I hang that show in two days

Then I felt bad when I realized I would never meet Hilary Fletcher

Veracruz Ladies

Monday, September 24th, 2007

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My friend Susan sent me this cool pic from Veracruz Mexico

Why Quilts?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

The question I am asked most is “Why do you make quilts; why not paint?”
History

There are many reasons I first began to make quilts. First of all, I love antique quilts and was taught to value craftsmanship by my grandparents and parents. Quilts are a part of our family history; through quilting, I honor the women who came before me, while also poking fun at outdated attitudes.
Process
I also love to paint, dye, print, silk-screen and do all sorts of mixed media in the studio. On the surface of the quilt, I can explore all of those options, experimenting and playing with new techniques. I am an experimental artist at heart and love the possibilities inherent in fabric. No other medium short of sculpture offers the fabulous texture of the quilted surface.
Function
Art quilts can make a dramatic backdrop for any space. Quilts are also easier to store and ship than paintings which require special boxing and extra costs in framing.

Irony
But today, most of all, I love the tension created by the jolt to expectations my quilts elicit. Any audience has built-in expectations about quilts. The expected quilt is handmade. A patient grandmotherly type woman makes the expected quilt from traditional patterns. The expected quilt is used on the most intimate item in a house, the bed and these expected quilts are supposed to give you warm fuzzy feelings.
I love to challenge preconceptions and my quilts use all of these presumptions to turn expectations around in a surprising and often funny way. Made with a long arm machine and a large format printer, these quilts still have a tenuous relationship to the traditional quilts. By using repeat blocks in various layouts, the secondary design elements set up a pattern reminiscent of a traditional quilt. But the use of cutting edge technology is contrary to the “made by hand” axiom of traditional quilting. The theme and subject matter is obviously non-traditional and the drawings are meant to be humorous and many layered.  

Artistic Voice

Monday, July 16th, 2007

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I have been thinking about this for some time. Does my artistic voice match my inner voice?

In 1999 when I had my first solo show at the Wheelwright Museum, Phil Jones asked me what I thought, seeing all my work hanging together. At the time I think I had an inane answer but thought it was such a good question I have asked it to myself every time more than one of my pieces hang together in a show. When I look at my work, I realize I am a much more positive and optimistic person than I think I am, when I explore my darker sadder side in my head.

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I am angry about a lot of society’s problems especially the way women are treated and discounted in many ways. But my work, especially the works in the Womenagerie Series and the Quilted Goddesses series which address women’s issues, doesn’t seek to attack society but to empower women, to show the inherent beauty that is inside all of us. My series, “Handy Woman” explores women’s roles. This work is a
tongue in cheek look at the everyday lives of women. Again the work comes off a lot like I do in person, laugh at the bad and the ugly because that takes away its power over me.
I have a slightly wicked sense of humor that acts as an escape valve to let off the steam. My kids call me on it all the time 
But none of my work explores the really angry side.
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 In some ways my art is an attempt to deal with the anger about the brutality of the real world, to create something beautiful or funny to counteract the ugly meaness that surrounds us at times. I know now that my earlier works about nature are the same, my attempt to center myself and find the beauty in life.

When I  got to the opening and saw “Saints and Sinners and Wisecracking Women” hanging at the Brazosport Art and Science Center, once again I got to see an overview of my work. My life has had some real low points in the last few years but surprisingly my work is even lighter and more humorous than before. It was great to see that I am still resilient and optimistic about life.  sswwopen2.jpg