Rian Ammerman, January 2010
Size: 20" x 25"
Commercial and hand dyed cotton fabrics. Fused; machine quilted.
Artist's Statement: I initially intended to do a series of four faces a la Andy Warhol but I simply didn't have the time. So I did one, and while I was cutting fabric I was listening to the Doors and thinking about the album covers of the psychedelic 60s, and the music and fabric took me along for the ride.
I used Photoshop to tweak the photo to get the four values (plus black), then I used an opaque projector to enlarge it onto freezer paper. I started to do it in browns and tans because I had a range of those, but I found that boring and predictable. I had limited sets of four gradients in any one colorway and I didn't have time to dye fabric, so I used what I had on hand with a suitable range of tones. Once I laid down the first fabric, which was the lava-looking one, the piece took on a life of its own, directing me.
The photo is a studio portrait we had made on a cruise ship last August.