Ana Lupas is a Romanian artist. In this work she worked with communities in the Transylvanian village of Salistea Sibiului, she consider herself and her role as the ‘initiator’. She would invite local people to use old traditions and build monumentally scaled wreaths onto wire netting which had been stretched over a premade skeletal structure (made / designed by her?). Once made, these artefacts would be displayed in the home, on farmland as objects of interest. Over several years, such objects were made. the idea would be passed on through families and villages but after 10/12 years, due to a worsening economic climate – the making of the works stopped.
Lupas, knowing these works were now deteriorating, she started to draw them to restore them and perhaps act as a commemoration.
For the last (latest) stage of the work, the wreaths have been gathered and stored in metal containers which are formed in the shape of the original wreaths.
Lupas states that it reflects ‘behavioural patterns, engendered by a tradition that has been validated for several millenia by being kept alive in the community’s consciousness’
So yesterday was the worrying inauguration of Trump and this artist came to my awareness today via The Jealous Curator (includes an interview). Natalie Baxter is an artist who makes soft sculptures, quilts and films, I am keen to find out more and will report back with further info.
This is the work of Louise Saxton who takes old embroidered textiles and re-uses elements. They seem to have a backing and are pinned rather than stitched heavily to give a raised movement. I appreciate its practical approach in technique despite its complex visual impact.
TOP: Joan Miró, Bird Woken by the Cry of the Azure Flying Away Across the Breathing Plain, 1968. BOTTOM: Christian Rosa, Oh My God, 2013.Photo: Courtesy of Nahmad Contemporary. Photo: Courtesy of Ibid Gallery, London.
I have used the quilt top / sandwich to develop some ideas with sequins. Think in this case it has not worked, not sure why but it feels like it is two separate things forced together. I am going to keep going with this though but it will need more thought. Once I get a little more time I would like to work on a piece a lot more heavily, at the moment it seems too polite. Need to take it to extremes.
I need to gain more control of the straight line, particularly the machine sewn ones. I am ok with the mix of machine and hand sewn lines but it just needs a lot more of a lot more things?