Distorted Recollections: Paper, Paint, and Fiber Works opens Saturday, October 28th and features 15 works from the Memory series, some of which are new works on display for the first time, and also two additional crochet related works outside the Dubuque Museum of Art. The artist talk begins at 2:30pm and is one of multiple happenings scheduled for the larger Community Day event.
The work inside the museum will remain on display until February 11th, 2024.
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Recursive and a new work titled Barn Doily are now installed on the lawn and the front of the Dubuque Museum of Art building. These two works are on view ahead of Distorted Recollections: Paper, Paint, and Fiber Works, an exhibition of the Memory series that will open October 28th, 2023 and run until February 11th, 2024.
Barn Doily is a 4ft X 4ft acrylic painting on wood created using the same process as Stain 36.
Originally scheduled for 2020, my first large scale crocheted sculpture, titled Recursive, is now on display as part of Art in the Woods, a series of art installations displayed throughout the American Players Theatre grounds. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, July 24 at 5pm and the art will be available to view until October 9th, 2022.
Recursive was created by crocheting over a mile and a half of manila rope with a 30mm size hook. Each arm is supported by a 10ft piece of steel rebar that is capped with a piece of wood.
The finished work is roughly 6.5 ft X 13 ft X 13ft.
I have used crochet extensively to create forms reminiscent of existing organisms. Much of my art comes from and exists because of nature. However, while I have included the creational aspects of nature in my art, I hadn't yet let the results thrive beyond artificial human-controlled arenas. With Recursive, a large-scale crocheted 'organism' made in the spirit of natural and biological systems, I had the opportunity to create nature-derived art that dwells in the environment that inspired it.