More recent work is on the page shockingly titled…Recent Work. What follows is my life story in quilts (not really, since some of the early stuff has not yet been recorded digitally).
2011 started out well, with six quilts officially finished and about five in process in the last 5 months, although there were no finishes after that (stupid job). The first finish was Green Tea, although I thought it would be the second finish (story below).
I hand-embroidered details on this quilt that pushed the finish date out to March. It’s 39″ w x 31″ high ($1200), from one of my smaller drawings.
I finished Feeding Time at the end of April, just in time for the show I planned on entering…
It’s only 33″ w x 26″ high ($1500), another small drawing in my carry-along sketchbook. It didn’t get in.
I thought I had finished Ball in early March, but needed to do some additional quilting a few days later, so it ended up being the third finish of the year…
It’s 42″ w x 34″ h ($1800).
In June, I finished Fully Medicated, which was originally drawn in 2007 and finally got finished 4 years later.
It is 34.5″ w x 55″ h ($2800) and the background was hand-dyed in my driveway at the same time as the background on Ball.
In July, by the skin of my teeth, I finished BirdWatch…which could get a different name at any time.
It is only 21 3/4″ wide x 29 1/2″ high ($900), a small quilt for me.
I finished One of My Kind in October…
She’s large at 59″ wide by 80 1/2″ high ($7500). She took almost a year to finish, in between everything else.
The first quilt I finished in 2010 (which I started in September 2009 and actually consists of 2 larger quilts and 4 small ones) is titled Disrupted, which is kind of what my life was BY the quilts…
I wish I had more details of this quilt, but I had very little time at the end for photography…
It is 82″ high and the total space taken by all 6 pieces is 84″ ($11,600). BIG. Yeah. It took the entire last half of 2009 to complete, plus all of January 2010.
Watch Me Go was finished in May 2010.
It has a little hand embroidery. It’s about 43″ w by 52″ h, I think ($1500).
June brought One Paycheck, approximately 38″ square ($1500).
This one caused a bit of a fuss while it was traveling with the No Place to Call Home exhibit, mostly because there are some female parts showing. Cuz I haven’t done THAT before.
Sediment was finished in August, after sitting around since last summer, waiting for me to finish the Sightlines quilts.
It is 40.5″ w x 53″ h ($2000), and includes hand embroidery.
FishWife has been lying around FOREVER waiting for the background quilting. I finished it in early September.
It includes inking and beads and a little hand embroidery. It is 29″ w x 43″ h ($1500).
I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket took most of the summer and was finished in early September.
It is BIG. It includes inking and is 73″ w x 63.5″ h ($5000).
2009 seemed to suck for art; I thought I would be able to get a ton of things done over the summer, but I didn’t…and then I got into Sightlines. Those quilts took the entire last half of the year, so I didn’t finish much last year. Work took so much of my time, that I still have tons of stuff in progress, but I finished very little last year. The first piece finished in 2009 was Here.
3-Piece Family was finished in August after sitting around since the end of June, since the quilt seemed to demand hand embroidery. It took a while for me to hear exactly what it wanted.
The second piece finished in August was Stump.
There were a bunch of pieces ready to be processed (quilted, ironed, traced, painted, whatever) at the end of August, but that’s when I got into Sightlines and the entire world changed.
2008 was a better year for artmaking. I beat out 2007′s completion rate by 100%. I’m feeling good about that.
Birdsick had 17 names until it got that one. My smaller sketchbook has a lot of simpler, smaller drawings in it that seem to have birds as their focus. Birdhead (scroll WAY down) is one of them, as is Birdfoot and BirdChin (still unfinished). This one used my son as a model, although it looks nothing like him…for one thing, his nose faces the right way. But he was sick when I drew him; hence the title.
25 1/2″w x 20 1/2″h, July 2008
Trapped in a Room with You sat around for months waiting for me to put beads and embroidery on it. Then I decided it didn’t need it. You could argue that it was completed back in February or March, but since the mental decision process of Is It Done Yet? was not completed until July, that’s the date I’m considering it finished. Plus I really don’t remember when the binding was stitched on (don’t go back to my blog and tell me…I don’t want to know!).
36″w x 43 1/2″h, July 2008
The background was actually a hand-dye of my own, one of the “soak up all the excess dye” pieces.
Untied was finished in May 2008.
50 3/4″ wide by 55 1/2″ high. It was created for a show that it did not get in to, which is fine by me, because it’s been in a bunch of shows and I really would like it to hang around enough to be in my hallway for a considerable period of time.
This next piece is named Loosely Wound. I was living with the new title for a while (since I called it spiral woman for a long time until I decided it needed a real name, which happens often enough…sometimes quilts don’t tell me what they’re called for months on end).
45″w x 45 1/2″h, July 2008. I wonder why I didn’t make it square? Um. Because I don’t measure that way.
The piece below, Anger Management, was drawn in 2001, but refused to be finished until January 2008.
Primal Scream was finished on January 1st or 3rd. I needed a little extra time to finish the embroidery, so I didn’t get it done in 2007.
52 1/2″ w x 62″ h
Walking Time Bomb, 2007, 43 1/2′ w x 53″ h
Drowning Mary’s Baby, 2007, 50″ w x 65″ h. Another dream.
Birdhead was finished in December 2007…
This is the first in a series of smaller quilts focusing on birds and heads. Well, one has a foot. Not sure what to say about that, except that I was trying to make quilts out of some of my smaller drawings (less time!) and it became a series.
Earth Mother, 2006, 32″ w x 82″ h; this piece is a pain to photograph. As soon as I can afford professional photography, this is the first one they get.
I love this piece…it has so many pieces and details…
Still Life with Bloody Head, April 2006, 47 1/4″ w x 46″ h; when I took this one to quilt class, they wanted an explanation. Can’t do that, folks.
I actually hated this quilt when I finished it…it needed to grow on me. Detail…I like how all the hands turned out.
Weighted, April 2006, 23 1/4″ w x 53″ h; a piece made after a truly weird dream…
Held Hostage, April 2006, 51″ w x 51″ h; a lot of my work deals with my health issues, which I find increasingly frustrating.
I drew all the little details on the side while I was teaching DNA…apparently cells got on my brain.
Think It Over, February 2006, 13 1/2″ w x 13 3/4″ h; the original drawing was done while I was still in college. I was trying to work smaller (which I find very difficult) so maybe I can finish more pieces during a year.
So Deep, So Wide; December 2005, 54″ w x 29 1/2″ h
Two-Headed Beast, November 2005, 40″ w x 54″ h; Divorce quilt…duh.
Genesis, July 2005, 34″ w x 27″ h; I can’t remember what the show’s title was, but it led me on this very strange path (and then didn’t get in).
Lost, May 2005, 51″ w x 51″ h; I’m not sure what to say about this one…
Fallen, December 2004, 26 1/4″ w x 22″ h; not in my possession; from a Laura Wasilowski class.
Portrait of an Ex, August 2004, 35 1/2″ w x 44 1/2″ h; It is what it is…
High Tide, August 2004, 45″ w x 59″ h; A title based on a short story I read.
No Domestic Tranquility, January 2004, 42 1/2″ w x 39″ h; Wacky story behind this…I traced it upside down and didn’t realize until I was ironing all the pieces down. I went with it.
Areas of High Pressure, July 2003, 34″ w x 39 1/2″ h; Finally rephotographed.
Couch, Alone; June 2003, 51 1/2″ w x 48 1/2″ h; Also finally photographed in the whole.
Third Eye Blind, May 2003, 51″ w x 64 3/4″ h; this picture was finally taken properly…previously, the top was draped over a couch and it looked really distorted. Then I retook it again a few months ago for better color.
Violated II, September 2003, 13 3/4″ w x 14″ h; the first Violated has never been completed.
Odalisque with Pills and Ravens, August 2002, 46″ w x 34 3/4″ h; one in a series of Odalisques that stretches back to my printmaking days.
Bless Me Father, for I Have Sinned (aka Give Us This Day Our Daily Head), May 2002, 23 1/2″ w x 53″ h x 4″ d
No photo available yet…
Caught in the Headlights, January 2002, 38 1/2″ h x 30″ w; this is one crazy psychotic quilt. The title says it all…
And a detail of the crazy woman…
Picking Evil’s Scab, November 2001, 35 1/4″ w x 42 1/2″ h; One of my favorite pieces, but has only been in one show. I’m saving it for my retrospective.
Let There Be Light, November 2001, 55 1/4″ w x 56 3/4″ h; This is a big, complicated piece that now has a much better photograph.
Eyesore, October 2001; 12 3/4″ w x 12 1/2″ h; a strange little piece…needs a better photo. Color is totally off.
Let Not Your Heart Be Disturbed, September 2001, 26 1/4″w x 36 1/4″ h; One of my responses to 9/11.
In a Dive, May 2001, 37″ w x 47 1/2″ h: the Century of Progress contest and fabric line. I won first place and some money, which was nice.
When Laundry Attacks, January 2001, 40 1/2″ w x 40″ h; Realize I had a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old at this time. My life was laundry. My life is STILL laundry, but the slave labor is bigger and stronger, and somewhat more intelligent. I think this was the first quilt where I traced the pieces onto fusible web and made the quilt that way. The washing machine actually has SATIN in it. That’s SATIN…not SATAN…
Soda Sux, Wine Is Better, January 2000, 17 1/2″ w x 22″ h, all hand-appliqued (yes, crazy)…
To Birth, From Birth, June 2000, 35″w x 27″ h. I was looking at too much Frida Kahlo that year. I didn’t use fusible web yet…
A Study in Flesh, one of my earliest quilts. This was started in a Joan Colvin class, but I was the only one doing nudity…
July 1999, 33 1/2″ w x 28″ h
Joan told me I could enter this piece in any show, because although I did it in her class, it was all mine.
The Temple of My Lost Love, another early quilt that was used on the postcard for the one show it was in.
June 1999, 51″ w x 55″ h
I’m still missing a few, which hopefully I’ll catch the next time I do photographs.