Harder Than You Think
44″ x 29″
Photos by Deidre Adams
As soon as I read the prospectus, I knew I needed to enter this exhibit. The call for the WWW exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild stated:
The web has profoundly changed not only how we communicate, but how we process time and experience. In the WWW exhibit, fiber and textile artists will explore how communications technology has influenced contemporary life.
I have been thinking since January about how to balance being part of a lively online artistic community with the time needed to think about and actually create art. So the two artwork accepted for WWW are all about the process of seeking that balance – an ongoing conversation with myself that finds expression in these artworks.
Harder Than You Think, detail
I started with white cotton cloth and built up, with layers and layers of screen printing, stylized columns of computer screens framing and forming a community of sorts. Once I had the screen structure complete, I added ink, Lithocoal, and colored pencil. It is stitched with rayon thread. It is definitely one of those artworks that needs high res photos or personal viewing to appreciate all the detail.
I will feature the second accepted artwork, Offline, closer to the exhibit opening on July 8.