Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. -- Andy Warhol
I'm excited. I am at the beginning of what I know will prove to be an entirely new line of work. I am using an upcoming exhibition as an excuse to push these new ideas out of my head and onto the embroidery frame. The task is daunting. This new line of work leaped in front of me just three weeks ago and begs to be entirely bead embroidered. There are no short cuts with this medium. I sew each bead into place one bead at a time. By the time I finish, I will have stitched over 20,000 beads and sequins onto a silk substructure. And that's just one piece! My hands ache and my back hurts, but I feel so incredibly energized!
The last few years I've been painting a series of highly abstracted cell structures - the patterns that lurk below the skin. I felt this work to be a part of the textile tradition for rendering fabric patterns in gouache. As the word tissue refers to both biology and textiles, I saw a connection between my imagery and textile history.
Due to the numerous stained glass windows in my new home, I have far less wall space than in my previous home. As a result, I've had to be judicious with what I actually install. As I looked through my work and questioned which pieces would go on the walls and which would remain in storage, I noted that what I selected were several of the bead embroideries from my earliest series of landscapes and a few of the current gouaches. Basically, I wanted pretty, beautiful, colorful, sparkly, abstract, visual poetry. And that's when it hit me. I am translating the gouaches into beadwork and from there will move forward with work that strictly studies the formal elements of art. These works may have a loose connection to molecular biology, but i'm not forcing it. I am seeking the line between beauty and frivolity, fine art and decorative art. Can I position this work on that edge without it fully toppling in either direction? It's not up to me to decide. It's up to you, the viewer. I'm just the maker making art.