What can an artist learn by looking at past works? We struggle to find our voice but what if we have a voice that wispers and we don't hear it?
May be a look at the past works can help.
So today I've made a nice thing, I've printed my past original quilts, some more artistic other less, I've cut them and placed on the floor. I've obtained a small quilt collection. (click on pic to enlarge)
This is a mix of totally free quilts and quilts for shows or challenges with specific rules so for some of them I've had to adapt my ideas.
Looking at this photo I see the confirmation of what I already knew: I LOVE circles and spirals. Whenever I can I make a circle quilt, wherever I can I pur circles, rings, mandalas and spyrals. Not always in the main design, sometimes only in the quilting motif.
In the above photo there are 43 quilts and only 9 of them doesn't have some sort of circles or spyrals, and all the 9 were quilts with some restriction due to the challenge or entry form rules.
Looking at my past works I can see that also if violet and purple are my favourite colours, are not the most used. It seems that blue/green are predominant.
And also if I'm happy when I use warm colours, the predominance is of cool colours.
Another thing about colours: I LOVE bright colours with black background or frame.
About techniques I see how I moved from classic applique techniques to dyed, marbled or painted wholeclothes.
About meanings, I use to make not too much complex quilts but to me it's important that a quilt has a deep meaning, may be also a multi-layered meaning.
I'm not too much pictorial, I prefer abstractions and "not too real" style, like fragmented, cubist and snippet.
On the other side in the 2 quilts with naked bodyes and the one with chrocus and chanterelles I've looked to reach a really realistic effect.
Of the above quilts there's one I don't like, the purple one with the hands on top center. I've put toghether lot of things I like but the results make me think "what the hell I was thinking about?"
In my past production there are small series, like the 2 white/green circles (serie about abuse of man on nature), the 2 black/white circles (titled Adamo and Eva, more a diptych than a serie, a reflection about masculine and feminine being) and the 3 black-framed circles (a serie about the colours of my moods related with a mandala an animal and a goddess).
Then there are the two quilts with the naked man and woman. They are different in shape and construction but they are similar in technique and both their meaning is about the human nature (the man is a representation of pride sin, the woman is a representation of the illusions and fears that have influence on a person's life).
Another diptych is the one made by 2 small quilts with black background and galaxy+comet or egg+sperm cells. These two pieces are based on two Haiku I wrote about "beginnings" (in the photo on right-center)
The most long serie I've made is made of 6 small framed quilts in green/blue with applied shells (in the photo on top left), I made this just for fun.
It seems that I'm sort of DiptychQueen :p
May I take one of my small series and make it grow?
Should I make one serie grow?
Do I WANT to use one of these series as starting point?
AAAARGHHH I DON'T KNOW!
Or to better say, yes I know :p
The answer is NO!
I'm happy with my short series, I feel that they are complete con couples, the only one I've ever thought to add some more elements are the naked bodies quilts.
But the naked bodies needs a great and hard conceptual work and I don't think I want to make a so hard work for the "work in series" course. I want to save my energies to understand and study the concepts behind the course, don't use them to design a new conceptual, deep meaning, quilt.
I think I'll try something totally new this time, just for the course. :)
Ok but... what? Let's think about it :)