Cloud Study in Lavender with Embroidery, 14.5x12 inches, oil on canvas with embroidery, 2018. Cloud Study in Blue with Embroidery, 31x11.5 inches, oil on canvas with embroidery, 2018. Cloud Study in Yellow with Embroidery, 14.5x12 inches, oil on canvas with embroidery, 2018. Cloud Drawing with Cloth and Colored Pencil, 14.5x11.75 inches, colored pencil, wax cloth, and embroidery on stretched paper. 2018. Cloud Sketch, 16x11 inches, pencil on moleskin. 2018.
I am intent on representing things that are real, but look like they could be abstract or look like something that wouldn’t be found in the real world. I am interested in the unexpected compositions of naturally-forming images; such as the layers of sediment that build up in stains, or the random-but-balanced way that debris arranges itself on the sidewalk. Images like these imply that art is a world contained in a universe larger than we are aware of. That universe itself can create art, whether or not its materials are self-aware.
A cloud-filled sky has that fantastically realistic quality as well. When people look at clouds, they pick out one that looks like a rabbit or one that looks like a dinosaur even though they know that what they are really looking at is the sky. That sky defies pre-supposed drawing rules as well. Because it is so vast, a backlit cloud can be in the same sky as one lit from above, and things that are in the foreground can look like they should be in the background. Someone could build an entire other world in their imagination based on a cloud-filled sky, since the vastness of the sky suggests an infinite realm. I chose to use colored pencil, cloth, oil paint, and embroidery to depict this idea because their colors, patterns and soft quality make the drawing tactile and ethereal, alluding to the metaphysical connection one has with the sky and the infinite reality it represents.