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Painting Water

The Surface Design Association has a non-juried members’ show at the conference. The theme for the conference is Confluence, as in the meeting of two bodies of water. The conference takes place in Minneapolis where I assume two rivers meet. The title of the members show is Merge and Flow, another water reference. The piece is to be 12 inches by 26 inches, either vertical or horizontal.

I plan to do another piece like the sunset piece I did for one of the Twelve X Twelve themes. I painted the organza with several different blues and blue-greens. I placed a piece of silk under the organza which will be used as the base of the quilt.

It has to be done and photographed by Feb 1 so I must get busy. I plan to do some more surface design to the organza with some metallic paints. Then I can start cutting and sewing the little pockets.

I found a new art crush.  Her name is Ivelisse Jimenez from Puerto Rico. Her work is fascinating to me. Great color, complex layering, architectural elements, mixed media – really cool.

Ivelisse Jiménez uses painting as a point of departure to construct pieces that deal with the idea of simultaneity and contradiction. The manner in which objects, images and materials are articulated questions the hierarchies of what is most present.

The work consists of structures made out of a diversity of elements partially covered by a veil of acetate or plastic. This wall/screen serves as a connector that stops or ejects the viewer by making impossible frontal access to what is behind. The blurring of the outside panel unifies the singulars into a whole element. We can still view the inside where the elements are shown as irreducible and coexistent. Perception is relative and dependent upon the position from which it is viewed. The spectator must negotiate a series of points of view. The images are constantly shifting between integration and disintegration. They refer to the body/mind decision making process of finding a method to make something present. Jiménez is interested in structures that are parallel which exist in other configurations such as language. This act of synchronizing is finally a metaphor for the elusiveness of the balance of factors that determine the production of meaning.

So, when I saw the first piece up there, it reminded me of this piece that I made a while ago which I love, but which never gets into any show. Maybe I should start using the actual construction fence!!

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