Title: 2009 : 2015 | 41°4'7"N 93°46'14"W
Info: 20" x 24”, Lithograph, ink, colored pencil
Old Print [history]:
As my studio practice often is cyclical, it seems fitting that this work finds its origins in a textile sculpture I created during the first years of graduate school. The sculpture is entitled the ascent, was created from stiffened fabric, and inspired from 1 Corinthians 15:42b-43:
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
The S-shape in the center of the composition was drawn from photographs of the fiber installation.
Similarly, these undulating lines and shapes are similar to my previous blog post about the sculptures by Bernini.
New Life [redemption]:
Upon moving back to Iowa after graduation my husband and I started to lay some roots down. Within the year we had purchased our first home, and given birth to a daughter. I believe that this process of settling and shifting subconsciously focus my attention to the Iowa landscape. In these recent drawings I create rows that resemble fields and topographical marks.
The agricultural landscape is a far cry from a fiber sculpture about the rapture but nonetheless these subjects meet within this work. After all, since these drawings are intuitive these subjects issued from the artist, me!
So I draw unknown islands and familiar fields.
Longing to be in two places at once.
The inspiration of this (finished) piece is from my childhood. I can remember with crisp clarity driving through the tall verdant fields of ripe corn in August. Teenage me, in her ’67 Mustang the color of pea-green soup, slicing down Highway 69. The fields bowed in around me as the rhythm of driving became a saturated blur, and those fields became a stripe of vibrant color, something that closes than expands.
While creating this piece I was reading Debra Marquart’s brilliant memoir, the horizontal world: growing up wild in the middle of nowhere.
Here is a delicious quote from her book linked to this piece and my childhood:
“There at the supper table I learned to listen. As the youngest child, I was at play in a field that everyone around me had long ago mastered. But listeners have their place in stories as do laughers, a job my grandmother took on. Without listeners and laughers, stories have nowhere to live. They float away and are forgotten.” - the horizontal world: growing up wild in the middle of nowhere
The title of this piece 2009 : 2015 | 41°4'7"N 93°46’14”W, is also in code. It is the second work in this series with a significant title .My parents farm is called Slowalk Place, and it is roughly located at 41°4'7"N 93°46’14”W. I began this print/drawing in 2009, finishing in 2015.
Art amongst snotty noses and goldfish snacks in hard won. To make this work requires time, mental energy, and money. Consider purchasing this piece, and taking a part of my history into yours. Your support goes directly into making more art… and buying coffee, of course.
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