This year the role that burlap played in my work was transitional. I began the year with a continued use of burlap buried beneath paint and functioning as a way to create texture. I abandoned color as a main element and included the use of plaster to integrate embed the burlap with the paint. Part way through the year I began to notice that the burlap without the paint was a strong enough element on its own. I was more drawn to experimenting with the fabric without the use of paint and plaster.
Here are the fiber pieces that followed.
- Continued use of burlap and texture materials in the early part of the year
- Curiosity about using the materials in their natural form
- Lots of questioning about painting over the burlap
- Questions about how the element of fraying and aging are showing up in the work and what they may represent