It’s been a moment since my last share with you. I have been taking care of mom. In previous posts I shared how she had become a quadraplegic. She eventually developed additional health complications which required my full attention. Such care for quadralegic–that’s paralysis of all limbs–does not come with a manual, thus, my absence from here.
But…thru it all, my devotion to my art continued. It’s ease of transport, my crochet needle and yarn, allowed me to engaged through the arduos journey of caring for mom which meant constant emergency room visits, appointments with specialists and long stays in rehab.
I am so pleased to share my artwork helped me to make it through this challenging period. All the work I created while in doctor’s offices and waiting rooms resulted in a spectacular solo art exhibition entitled “Tree-Mendous!”. I dedicated the show to my mother and as life would coincidentally have it, on the last day of the show, its closing, my mother, too, closed. Her journey concluded with the closing of my show dedicated to our tremedously rewarding time together during her last year.
Ahh, the memories…and the joy of total emersion into caring for another while using my art to care for me. Art truly heals.
Here are highlights from the exhibition:
“The Beginnings” Copyright (c) 2016 Alicia Evans
This shows how my process begins with what appears to be crocheted string which I then “sculpt” into images.
Alicia’s Artwear: unique jewelry inspired by art, can serve as lovely frameable art, created by an artist.
I truly love this piece which actually twists on the side of the neck with two small red wood beads. Crocheted, 100% cotton. A truly smart piece charmingly authentic, one-of-a-king. Works by day and by night.
When the great musician Prince transitioned, I felt compelled to create a tribute piece. I created a swirling purple tree encompassing an abstract silhouetted side view of Prince’s hair with a tree bark reminder of his icon symbol.
I had the pleasure of introducing this oversized work as part of a wonderful new exhibit on Long Island, New York along with the works of several other talented artists. Oh, how wonderful to share my “ROYALTY REIGN” with the company of others from The Creative Corner.
It was a glorious affair. Another highlight in my continuing creative journey.
Working with yarn, textile or fiber to create art may involve experimenting. For instance, when framing my wool pieces, I do not place anything under glass because yarn can actually sweat under it. My motto is to allow the yarn to speak to me; that is, to carefully observe and intuit what can work.
Let the yarn speak!
Recently, after the first steps of crochet before sculpting it into a finished product–that of jewelry or fine art–I got a calling to toss a bunch of items into the dryer. Crazy but I was compelled; the yarn told me to do it.
Well, I tossed my works in, then went on to do other things. A short while later I returned and was amazed. I actually sat and became mesmerized watching the toss of all my stringed works. It was a wonderful rainbow swirling around. The blues and yellows and greens and red.
Then I busted out in laughter.
This is sick: what the heck am I doing lovingly watching a rainbow of string toss around in circles? Reminded me of being a child watching my teddy bear dry…slowly bumping around in circles. Joyously chaotic.
Then even more crazy, I ran to get my camera for a picture…a crazy photo shoot of yarn in the dryer. What the what???
Well, when it all finished swirling around, I must say there was, indeed, a far more fluffier appearance. Next step, to create finished works.
Ahh, the mind of a creative is always at work.
What do you think of this?
Well, here’s the backstory. While in the midst of preparing for an exhibit this weekend, I was in the final stages of a piece. I was sculpting my crocheted works into a cactus. Yes, it was shaping up fine.
I was about to do the final adhering of the image when…daggone!…the work seemed to jump from my table and fall to the floor. Now once it shifts, moves in anyway, I am unable to reproduce the same image again. Thus, I have to begin from scratch. Here’s that same crocheted piece now sculpted into a piece I now call “Simple Tree”.
Look very closely at the image and you will see it is the same twirls as the cactus. It’s simply now ‘sculpted’ into a tree image. And, guess what? I happened to like the tree imaging better.
Update: I decided to change the background of the works and actually screw the artwork into the foundation. Here’s the final piece:
Do compare to the first one shared previously below.
What do you think?
I’ve started a new series called “Bolts ‘N Screws”…paying homage to our world of wonderful men. The impetus for this focus stems from upcoming participation in an exhibit for Father’s Day on Long Island in New York.
I’ve long wanted to encompass nuts and bolts and screws into my fiber art medium…so here goes to the first in an intented series of seven works.