These are some mini landscapes composed in freehand patchwork, a large group of which I did several years ago for an exhibition. They were framed in fabric, hand quilted in a minimalist way (by this time between 6″ and 9″ dimensions) then mounted on woven recycled newspaper mounts, which seemed like a good idea at the time.
A year or two back I removed those that hadn’t sold from their newspaper mounts and brought them back to Uruguay with me. Well I tidied my workroom a couple of weeks ago, and in that process found them, and have since mislaid them again. ‘The painters have been in…’ is my current excuse . But wherever they are lurking, they have been somewhere in the forefront of my mind since a recent conversation about new work in general with Miguel at Galeria Los Caracoles; and so I am doing some new small pieces to be mounted in some way. I have ideas on that of course that do not involve newspaper in any form, and will try a couple out. These small compositions are merely 5″-6″ across. The first one I made I cropped out of the photo because by comparison it looked really crappy. So now what you see as the left hand one is just ‘OK”, and then the right hand one, the 3rd I made, I feel is getting nearer the mark of where I want to be with this work:
Obviously, they are ‘tops’ only – and so therefore WIPs, but for today I am content to continue on with these mini compositions and see what develops further… getting my eye in you might say. Black’s dramatic, ecru will be lovely and quite different, plus I have several lovely colours of some hand dyed fabrics that will be interesting borders, too. However I present them finally, I will not be weaving mats of recycled newspaper on which to mount them !
One interesting thingI find is that whenever I re-visit older work, something new and a bit different emerges, and it is often surprising.