As an artist, each of my passing year is marked by work. The work accumulates and gets embedded, processed and revised until its growth is expressed in a new flowering. Falling Flowers draws from the desire to become more sustainable as an artist by re-using materials close at hand and by adapting restriction as a generative force for creation. Moving off the wall, I combine elements that originate in my screen-printing, embroidery, painting, drawing, collage, maps and other materials. Each petal-pod refers to a place or an event in my timeline as an artist.
These petal-pods become objects that have the ability to transport me backward and forward, making place a fluid construct of color and movement. Time and distance rounds the edges of each petal-pod memory until only fleeting flashes of color and impressions remain and although the memory of the event shifts with time, each disparate pod holds that history and community it engendered in an easily accessible petal-pod form. It is a visual & spatial record of history, rather than chronological or actual. The material of the fabric, paper and thread are metaphors for mental and emotional connections near and far.
Only a few strands of Falling Flowers remain. The rest have been recycled or remade, making room for other thoughts and ideas to come.