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01 November 2015

New Work: Along the Lines of Jackson Pollock

For the latest Viewpoints 9 challenge, I was inspired by an American art movement, Abstract Expressionism, and one artist in particular: Jackson Pollock.

I took the information I gathered about Pollock (art history books, biographies, videos of the artist at work) and attempted to translate that sense of ACTION into fiber art.  While making the “Hummingbird” pieces in a previous challenge, I got a glimpse of that expressionist freedom and I felt compelled to push it further – and much MUCH larger.

I used yarns of different thicknesses that reminded me of the dripped-paint lines in Pollock’s work.  But once I started dripping the yarn onto the white canvas background, I stopped thinking about Pollock’s paintings or my own plans, or really much at all.  All I cared about was adding line after line after line, only occasionally wondering where the next scribble of color should go… until the field was nearly covered.

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The results are.. whatever they are.  But what was more important to me was the creative process itself. My approach was a mix of intuition, freestyle gestures and controlled composition.

I LOVE the effect of layers of lines on top of each other, creating a web of scribbles that fill my field of vision. Strands pulled out of a piece of gold foil fabric are mixed in with the yarn, adding little bits of reflected light.  As I stand and look at the gestures and movement of the lines, I can retrace my steps and re-live the wonderful experience of making this piece. This type of work is so unlike me (or my usual style) and yet I feel very deeply, personally connected to it.

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Technical details: Whole cloth white cotton background, various yarn, metallic and rayon threads, fusible web, acrylic tulle; hand-guided machine quilting
Finished size 40”H x 52”W

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, all of it! I assume you covered your yarn piece in netting. Did you have any trouble getting it to stay in place?

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    1. Thanks Norma! Under all the yarn, on top of white the whole cloth base layer, I added a layer of Mistyfuse. once all the yarn was added, I ironed it (using alum foil under my iron to protect it from glue). It kept some of the yarn in place but not all of it. I had to pin the netting on top of the piece and move it VERY CAREFULLY to get it quilted. I started with big meandering stitches to cover a large area, then worked the stitching into smaller and smaller meander patterns. Thanks for asking :-)

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