Thursday, January 5, 2017

Family Tree

"Family Tree"

This composition grew out of a few different strands of inspiration, including #Undu by Daniel Lamothe, Padre by #Sandy Steen Bartholomewand a certain composition entitled "Family Tree" by artist #Walter Crump.

Undu resonates with me because it looks very much like weaving, which I used to do years ago. I did not put this together until I attempted to integrate Sandy's tangle entitled Padre (the little people) which she introduces in her book The Tangles of Kells into the spaces that can be created within Undu. As I drew the simple faces into the empty spaces of the tangle, I thought, Jeez, this is very much like putting inclusions in weaving. 

For those of you unfamiliar with weaving techniques, inclusions are small objects that the weaver incorporates into a wall hanging by embedding them into the woven composition, usually by passing threads of the weft through holes or natural spaces in the inclusion, to build it in as a part of the weaving. Sea shells are common inclusions in weaving, as are beads, feathers, and bells.

Artist #Walter Crump's beautiful work entitled #"Family Tree" has been on our walls in different rooms for ages. Many years ago (ca. late 70s to early 80s), my former mother-in-law Lillian Mones had an art gallery in Kensington, Maryland, where she showed a number of Walter's pieces. She gave "Family Tree" to my former husband David and me as a gift, and after we split up, I was the lucky one who got to keep it. When my own tangled "Family Tree" emerged, I was just following my instincts while exploring with Undu and Padre. Only later did I realize that Walter's piece had very likely left its mark in my imagination. I am intrigued by this new direction in tangling and really look forward to exploring it lots more. Many thanks to my collaborators Daniel, Sandy, Walter, and Lillian, who was a pretty awesome mother-in-law.

"Family Tree" before shading. A little graphite makes
a big difference, right?

"Family Tree" by Walter Crump