As an artist who works with a very tactile material, I’m drawn to the physical properties of my chosen substrate. I am attracted to options such as creating form and rendering the material rigid by carving and incising a line using a sewing machine. Once this line is rendered, the mark is permanent. I see a relationship between the physicality of these marks and manipulations and the human spine. Comprised of bone, fibrous cartilage, nerves and ligaments, we are able to stand upright yet bend and contort. I ask myself if this enough of a reason to explore the manipulation of this material? I’m like the ultimate explorer – I sit down and listen to the artwork; render, discard, re-use, accept and finally move forward. To that end, I’m a specialist in regards to the handling of the material and an explorer moving toward the outcome of the relationship.
© Rebecca Howdeshell 2010