New work in progress

Fine Art, My Life

It seems these things are the outcome of my not so recent go-to pastime of working with the most inexpensive (yet attractive) materials I can find, combined with scavenged materials from nature, and other places near my home and studio. I haven’t worked with color much over the past few years -aside from within my sketchbook, but after coming to the conclusion that I am in fact terrible at crocheting – (a hobby I long aspired to incorporate within my installations) – I was left with several irresistibly vibrant bundles of yarn. Rather than knit or crochet, I have instead gone ahead with the very simple process of wrapping fibrous materials around things.

The wrapped things in this case are willow branches. I have come to adore willow in particular due to its lightness, pliability and strength. Back in October, Tristan and a few friends helped me on a branch-gathering expedition at a marshy area near Inglewood. Surprisingly, the branches didn’t completely dry out and I have been working with the same batch almost exclusively since the fall.

I can’t speak for the hint of God’s eye motif that arose here, except that I randomly started drawing cross-hair like intersections and X’s in my sketchbook which is typically dominated by very organic fleeting shapes, meandering lines, and fields of etched lines. Somehow I think the X’s subconsciously came about as a means to bring some structure to the wavery gestural lines. Not sure. At any rate, I do not have any interest in the historical meaning and symbolic history of the woven God’s eye which can be attributed to the The Huichol or Wixáritari Native American ethnic group of western central Mexico. I am just really attracted to the rectilinear, stable nature of the also evokes Byzantine and geometric Islamic motifs.

Although I’m trying to get to the bottom of my attraction to this imagery, at the end of the day, I think its also safe to say that I am simply drawn to patterns and repetition which contrasts organic forms. Perhaps it is that simple.

I find its always interesting to see the nuances that inevitably seem to link my drawings to my installations in one way or another. That said, I’m generally a firm believer (in the case of my own work) that materials usually inspire the marks that end up coming out – either three-dimensionally, or flat. So here, the small twigs do lend themselves to X’s and right angles, while the longer branches provide nice long, curvy lines. ..Oh nature, how I love thee!