It's a small, dark picture taken by my phone that is not an iphone. But proof that I've made it through this year, and that I'm still working. That when I sit down and put paint to canvas something essential starts to feel right with the world again.
Another in the series of paintings about land/water, nature/man, and the spaces where these things meet. Inspired by the once in a lifetime flooding of my hometown last year & the complete undoing of the relationship I had spent the last 4+ years building. I'm glad I have produced something to put on this blog again.
I'll be showing Dwelling an installation of 400+ paintchips at fotoeffect gallery next week. Fotoeffect, one of the Everett Station Lofts located at NW 6th and Everett, will be hosting the opening next Thursday April 5 from 6-10p.
Dwelling is comprised of 432 hand-sewn paintchips arranged in a grid. This work explores my interest in the relationship of the individual within the group, as well as the aesthetic relationship of multiples. Dwelling explores the idea that each home is both unique and similar. It draws on the emotional memory of home. It also explores what it means to be a homeowner during the ‘great recession’, the culture of home improvement, the idea of setting down roots, suburbia and the idealization of home ownership.
and drink tea and watch movies and listen to the rain and make things. I've been sewing paintchips and thinking about what I want this project to become. My process has always been to try trust the making. Its a process that fills me with both wonder and self doubt. I've been ruminating and sewing and starting to figure it out. I want it to be ambitious. I've been thinking about a stopping number. I'm over 300, 317 I think. I want to make a chart out of them, or an infographic, or a long line that goes to unexpected places.
Like many artists before me, i've created a blog to share experiments, small works, doodles and random thought. I've made a website that you should visit. michellemariedaly.com If you're interested in purchasing an original work of art or learning more about me or my work, or just want to stop and say hello, email firstname.lastname@example.org