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Sunset, (2005), detail



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Sunset, (2005), detail



Sunset, (2005), detail



Sunset, (2005), detail



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing



Sunset, (2005), Installing


Sunset, (2005), detail


Sunset, (2005), installation (paint, textiles -- cut curtains from the sixties and seventies, quilling -- paper craft, pins, floor pieces -- plywood and suede, carpet), 17'x23'x14'

Sunset was inspired by my ongoing interest in the complex relationships and evolution between conventional/ structured practices and environments (physical and psychological) and those of a dissenting and organic nature. Visually for me this has translated into the intersections and historical contexts between fine art, design, architecture, and traditional crafts.


Sunset, (2005), detail

Sunset used as a base my childhood memories of the transformation of my mother and our home during the feminist movement of the seventies to explore these relationships and the tension between cool minimalism and expressive pattern and decoration.



Sunset, (2005), detail



I painted the background of the wall with the standard templates for interior design layouts (taken from one of my mother's old “Sunset” decorating books), using colors that were popular at the time. The wall was then organically layered with textiles cut from curtains of the seventies, quilling (a traditional paper craft that I was taught by my grandmother), and cutout pictures of painted owls – all referenced a breaking away from the traditional uses of these materials. I laid the floor with modular carpeting and placed organically shaped layers of plywood covered with suede that I had burned flower designs into.


Sunset, (2005), installation (paint, textiles -- cut curtains from the sixties and seventies, quilling -- paper craft, pins, floor pieces -- plywood and suede, carpet), 17'x23'x14'

Other projects that I have done that relate to this work include:
Patio
Patio Drawings
Morning Glory
Morning Glory Drawings
Night Bloom
Spring

Spring Drawings
Drawings
Forever Summer Part Two (in progress)
Forever Summer (in progress)
The Irresistible Terror of Loveliness

Sunset was part of the exhibition Material Matters curated by Michael Schoolnik, featuring works by: Lisa Davidson, Matt Flegle, David Hevel, Seth Koen, and Megan Wilson


Sunset, (2005), detail (Floor -- carpet, plywood, suede)

Thank you to Michael Schoolnik, Aaron Noble, Elisabeth Beaird, Alex Burke, Kristen Chappa, Sherrie Koyama, Kelli, Troy Byker, Genevieve Perkins, and Cynthia Taylor.

Photos by Leslie Bauer (installing photos by Cynthia Taylor)

Read Review by Colin Berry in Artweek here.

Sunset, (2005), detail