Thank you to Bruno Mauro for his support.
Filly (2001) Quilling (paper),
grommets in wall, Installation at &Ampersand
International Arts, San Francisco, CA
Growing up in Montana, I was surrounded by the iconography of the American
West, and specifically that of the cowboy. Images of rugged men with
their code of stoic endurance, self-reliance, loyalty, courage, and
camaraderie, on horseback riding across the plains, wrangling cattle
and spitting chew were everywhere - from the paintings of Charles M.
Russell and Frederick Remington to the landscape itself. However, what
I remember being the most drawn to were the accouterments of the cowboy
- the beautiful ornamentation and floral designs that adorned their
trappings and presented such a delicate contrast to the rough and tough
image of the wrangler.
Filly (2001) Quilling (paper), grommets in wall (detail)
Inspired by the sensuality and beauty in the designs of these tools
of the Western trade - saddles, boots, bits, and spurs - and their
fanciful forms, Filly took viewers on a playful prance through the
territory of the femme in the American West. I chose the craft of quilling
- the rolling, scrolling and fluting of narrow strips of paper - to
draw on this decorative sensibility. Quilling was a popular craft among
ladies in the early West and I was taught to quill as a child by my
grandmother. These squirming tendrils of paper coil and drape through
the space with the playful and defiant tension of creatures living
in a lair of control and abandon - not unlike those that fill the plains
and mountains of the American West -- and are unbroken.
Other Projects that I have done that relate to this work include:
you're not a wave, you're the water
Filly (2001) Quilling
(paper), grommets in wall (detail)