I like to mix medias and see how textures interact. Paper, fabric and paint make good companions. Then adding some metal and wood that I've found on a backroad or in the forest adds other texture and interest.
These are all one of a kind.
If our experience of being alive is the most important thing, then what we pay attention to becomes a critical choice.
All images © 2012 Joann Tomsche. Images may not be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the artist.
This installation piece is called Patchwork of Earth, Time and Memory
Fiber arts connect me to my childhood on our family farm. All the women sewed, quilted, embroidered, crocheted, on and on. This piece is made of four panels: one is all muted earth tones, two are in more vibrant colors, and one is made up of both. When sewing the words onto the panel, I began with an idea and a word and continued with words that came to mind as I progressed. The text on the brighter color panel relates to emotions and their constantly shifting nature through time.
On the earth tone panel the text relates to memories and connection to nature. Two panels have no text because sometimes there are no words or memories and no emotion. But the moments in time and the experiences still exist as part of the continuum. The varying sizes of each piece of the patchwork relates to the nature of memory - some fragments, some whole, all interconnected. Frayed threads and uneven edges express my thoughts about life as perfect and beautiful, no matter what.
Four panels, each approximately 9" x 24 feet long.
$800, all 4.
$220, one panel.