Monday, June 7, 2010

diamonds and rust

rust

my header (is that what it's called?) is made of several things. three layers of handmade paper (daylily, flax, and hosta) rust and compost dyed cotton sheeting, cross stitched with pattern paper spun paper (not yet shifu). a detail from this piece, rust moon.
photographed matted and under glass, this is called winter count. there are seven  senselessly slaughtered coyotes and a red fox. eight. handmade paper, rust colored and indigo and walnut dyed paper, and rust dyed cotton. stitched with paper. 


diamonds
quartz from friends, and a bit of lokta shifu, dyed with rust and hollyhock blossoms. these things, bits of art, seem to me to be what living in a place of dichotomies is like. beauty and ugly. on the way home saturday, i saw another turtle. a painted turtle, smeared on the tarmac where a car had broken and injured it. fatally, i'm sure. joan says it beautifully. we all know what memories bring. they bring diamonds and rust. life could just be about managing the diamonds and rust. the balancing act. juggling. staying sane.

12 comments:

Lindy said...

Hello, I'm not sure how I happened upon your blog but I did and I'm grateful. Diamonds and Rust: senselessly killed coyotes and a fox, intelligent and interesting turtle - love that full-on face shot, beautiful and most interesting art.

I will return.

Lindy

Lindy said...

Oh yes, and Joan :-D

Cathy Cullis said...

I have admired your beautiful rust artwork header for some time.... I do like the use of cross stitches in your work - I love them, they are one of my favourite ways of holding things together.... best wishes Cathy

Daniel said...

Hi Dear
I appreciate your art effort.you art is very attractive a effective.the integration of the Diamonds is adding the value in your ART..

neki desu said...

always loved your header.
diamonds for you
go here and rejoice http://weaverly.typepad.com/weaverly/2010/06/if-you-have-eight-minutes.html

Dianne said...

Your work and words... as always... beautiful and wise...

Lisa said...

i have always adored your beautiful header...you such a have a poetic way with words and art.

Velma said...

hey, i'm trying to be honest here. that's all. with intergrity. simple wishes really. harder to get to.

ArtPropelled said...

I love the first photograph. Your header is still one of my favourites.

Velma said...

thanks. i like this piece, too.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Senselessly killed coyotes and a red fox -- both prey upon farm and homestead animals like sheep and chickens. Little do you know about the ravages of coyote and fox...like the half eaten sheep carcass or the pile of feathers remaining from a senseless killing of chickens left by a red fox. Would that senseless killing, no, slaughter, matter? FYI-- coyotes and fox are farmyard killing machines. Or doesn't that exist in your world? I know, meat comes from the grocery store and those animals all live bucolic lives. HA!

Velma said...

you are ignorant. and if you wish to have a conversation, use your name.

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