Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Outside Looking In--Rian
Outside Looking In
18" x 21"
When I first studied the photograph, I felt like the fence/gate was holding me in, preventing me from seeing the world beyond. But then I got to thinking, was I on the inside looking out or the outside looking in? I couldn't tell. So I decided to tell a story about what might lie beyond the gate, or what was contained within. I stepped through the gate and turned around to look back at the other side, seeing what is behind the viewer. The world looks very different on the other side of the fence. The fence is a Twilight Zone, separating day from night, light from dark. The road disappears over the crest of a hill, so we never see what is beyond, if anything. Maybe there is a destination. Or maybe it's just our imagination.
I have wanted to do a series of night scenes, so this gave me the opportunity to work with darks and see how they play off each other. In the photo, the trees are easy to see. In person, it is very difficult to make them out, so I outline-quilted them in silver thread. I fiddled around a lot with metallic threads, breaking several needles, but I think I finally overcame the obstacles. Not that I would use metallics again, but I happened to have the appropriate colors on hand. I also used glitter and fusible crystals, just for fun. The glitter adds a lot, the crystals not so much.
Commercial batik fabrics, applique'd and fused.