[On my Bed #3] 2010
86" X 86"
Applique over a pieced log cabin quilt.
This is the 2010 piece in my series of self portraits for the bed. It won Honorable mention at Quilt Festival that year, and I used it on the bed for the rest.
[The American Context #3] American Gothic
90" X 90"
This is the 3rd piece In the American Context series where I am working with American Art icons on traditional american patchwork patterns. I have constructed the quilt base out of used and recycled clothes, linens, etc. The subjects are life size and reflect a contemporary demographic in the style of the one depicted on the original painting from which the title and pose are taken.
[On my bed #1] Tradition
83" x 91"
The generative methodology for this quilt came out of naptime revelry.
I jumped out of bed and scribbled the idea down on a page of used notebook paper.
The fabric came from either a box I found in a barn that I renovated or a bag of dresses that I found in my basement in my loft in Brooklyn-in the pile of trash out of the recently closed sweat shop. I used this one on my bed for the entirety of 2006.
[Man Stuff #1] Hammer
72" x 84"
This was the first pieces in the Man stuff series.
I wanted to call to mind "the Floor Scrapers" Gustave Caillebotte, with the perspective and the diagonal visual movement towards the lower right.
This series is a testament to my place in the art world as a male making art with a process that has been dominated by women primarily as utility.
I wanted to show a "Man" item in a way that illustrates the use of fabric and light and stitching as notations of an art piece.
[The American Context #14] Madam X
90" X 90"
This is my Quilt adaptation of the John Singer Sargent Painting of Madame X.
I have used the posture but not the subject. I have taken a friend and asked her to stand for the portrait. The background is made of recycled clothing in a traditional quilt pattern.
[Iconography #7] Rags to Riches
90" X 90"
This piece is constructed from reclaimed Textiles.
I took Clothes and sheets discarded from the people of NY and created this quilt.
The quilt is an image of both Kanye and JAy-z. I used an Image by Troy Gua for the design.
The colors are
Black: Dress Clothes
It then reads like a rags to riches story.
It has been quilted in metallic thread so that when you are close it shines to speak to its subject matter in a tactile and visual way.
There are 1 million quilting stitches on it. [My machine counted, is the only reason I know]
[Iconography #8] Material Girl
This is the second piece I have made for the traveling "Material witness" show. The Material girl I though was a good subject and a bit of a quip.
There is a lot more quilting on this than a lot of my previous work. I have been influenced by the Manhattan Quilt Guild [who asked me to join when they found out about my residency on Governors Island this fall into winter. The women in this guild are all really proficient and experienced in this media so I am learning quite a lot by watching them. The quilting on this is an example of that.
The technique is raw edge applique.
The batting is cotton/bamboo blend.
The thread is metallic thread so there is some sheen to it when seen in the right light.
It has been sold and is hanging proudly in the living room of a good friend.
[Cause #1] Bra
44" X 55"
I made this quilt for a challenge to bring awareness to breast cancer.