Art in the Time of Covid 19

Posted by on Jun 17, 2020 in Art Quilts | 4 Comments

While staying at home during the pandemic, I was usually able to find mental escape, from the bad news, in my artwork. Like most other artists, I normally work in solitude anyway, just not this much solitude!

I took this time to use the fabrics that I had dyed, printed and painted last fall and to develop them into two art quilts. (You can check out my earlier blog about them.)

I had been inspired to create these fabrics by our trip out west, in particular to Yellowstone National Park. The quilt below was practically finished before the ‘quarantine’. I just made some minor adjustments to it.

It is titled “Natural Totems: Bobby Socks Trees.” Dead lodgepole pines near hydrothermal areas in Yellowstone National Park are commonly called ‘bobby socks’ trees.  Capillary action allowed trees to soak up mineral-laden water that, over time, colored their bases and petrified them. Centuries of waxing and waning of growth/death cycles resulted in stands of these totem-like trees. Although my colors are more imaginative than reality, I have tried to express this natural occurrence in my design.

Below are some details. You can see some of my painted/printed fabrics and stitching.

My second Yellowstone themed art quilt, below, is titled “Danger Beneath the Surface.”

Emerging from Yellowstone’s caldera are hydrothermal remnants of a once active volcano. The image for this work was inspired by the numerous hot springs I observed in various parts of the park. While the illusion of the turquoise water seems cooling, it belies the superheated water below. The clear surface water and the surrounding crust of silica and minerals is hiding the danger below.

The following are some detail pictures.

Surface water was suggested with free-motion machine stitching.

Some of the original surface design textures on the fabric can be seen in the detail below.

Although this time of reflection and introspection proved productive for me, I like everyone else will be glad to once again go out into the world and interact with my fellow humans. May we all emerge safely into a new normal!

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Diane
    June 18, 2020

    Beautiful work Sharon and happy memories!!

    Reply
    • Sharon Wall
      June 19, 2020

      Thanks, Diane! I would love to return some day!

      Reply
  2. Carmen Greenlee
    June 18, 2020

    Sharon,

    Thank you for sharing your artistry with us. Stunning work.

    Reply
    • Sharon Wall
      June 19, 2020

      Glad you liked it, Carmen!

      Reply

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