Sewn Nudes, a series in progress
This body of work explores the contrast in time between drawing and sewing, the expressive nature of the nude, and capturing a sense of movement in a static medium.
What interests me the most is the marked difference in observation; the initial 2-5 minute deadline of observing from life, to the labored recreation of the figure in thread with minimal guides- again I must depend on my eyes to gauge proportions but in a slower and more exacting method of embroidery rather than the quickness of drawing. I strive to retain the immediacy of line quality in the sketch while rendering it in very deliberate stitches.
I am transposing my 2-5 minute quick sketches into embroidered drawings that take between 5-13 hours to complete. Each nude was drawn from life, and then sewn by hand. This work will be shown at ArtPrize 2015 in Grand Rapids Michigan at the DeVos Place Convention Center September 23rd-October 11th 2015