I find it nearly impossible to engage in the abstract , my vocabulary is perhaps too concrete . In a brief attempt at schooling I was assigned a project in which I was to refrain from representation. I failed miserably .
I see figures everywhere , in water beading upon the shower door, cracks on a wall and in the drifting sand . It’s impossible for me to not embody.
Yet with stitching I find the randomness of my clumsy stitch work ( I am an inept seamstress, the “brut” quality is not an aesthetic affectation) reveals accidental non representational compositions. The compositions create themselves , I merely accompany them , needle in hand .
Of interest at the moment is mining the accidental compositions found upon my studio floor when working with needle . Fashioning my Stuffed Paintings is messy work , gravity and chance creates repeated patterns that I as a designer would be unable to imagine . I find them particularly poetic. I snatch them up and appliqué them upon whatever figure I am working upon .
There is something deeply gratifying in celebrating the discarded . As a queer man making work that is frequently as queer and having frequently felt disposable myself , elevating the overlooked is gently satisfying. This might very well be the overindulgent musing of an artist at work , but they are my musings . I leave them here , wishing all a tender holiday season .
4 thoughts on “Stitching Towards Abstraction”
Hey Leonard, your stitching has such life in it, the ‘stuffed paintings’ are so powerful, they’d demand attention wherever they were I think. Best wishes for the residency project, hope all is going well and you’re enjoying it, you certainly look like your enjoying making at the moment, it’s great to see and it’s inspiring 🙂
Thank you my friend . Yes I am enjoy myself quite a bit . The deadline for the close of the residency looms which causes a bit of angst but I am trying to stay calm, focused and live the process . Wishing you and your beloved every joy this holiday season and in the new year .
I love the accidental juxtaposition and it is the accidental that is always that happy addition to our work. I see images everywhere as well. They are the Angelic/demonically delicious creatures that come to sit with us while we create, and we add them into the work to honor their presense
I think you are a spot on . It is the magic of living and creating that allows us to see these miracles . I do think artists are particularly prone to magic and alchemy . You certainly are ❤️🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♂️💚