Spine III; 12" x 12", thread and tea bag holders on unprocessed wool; 2007
Spine IV; 26" x 18"; thread and tea bag holders on unprocessed wool; 2007 with detail above
Spine VIII; 38" x 18"; thread and tea bag holders on unprocessed wool; 2007My study of the human spine began with some rudimentary drawings and by stitching on canvas and other materials. I was scratching around the idea and exploring and considering options. The image below is among the first stitched artworks I did. Technique-wise, I liked the contrast of the stitching and the material but thought it could be pumped up to have more impact. That was when I began experimenting with wool felt. Conceptually, I thought I had a germ of a great idea that would improve with more stream of consciousness writing about spines physically, emotionally and as metaphorical symbols. That has proven to be the case as my fascination and study of the human spine has evolved quite a bit since this initial artwork.
Spinal Touch; 13" x 13"; thread on linen; 2006