This tree inspired me because it grew in extreme conditions. The canyons around it were dry and rocky. The natural desire to survive and endure over the years brings out the beauty and inner strength in all living beings.
In July 2003, I dreamed Baobab Forest. Eight months later the artist statement also appeared in a dream. The word "forest" holds different connotations throughout the world. In North Carolina, one thinks of lush undergrowth and deep greens. In areas where the forest has been cut down or the desert has advanced, just seven trees together would be called a forest. We need to care for our natural resources so the word "forest" can depict once again the abundant greenery our forests once had.
As decades pass, the aged and gnarled trees observe many happenings. We don't think of them as keepers of secrets, but if one could talk, it would have many stories to tell. Just as people grow old and witness the history that is created around them, trees also are the guardians of untold secrets.
Wetlands have always intrigued me. When I went to the wetland areas near Charleston, SC in 2003, wonderful childhood memories rushed back into my mind. Playing in the swamps near my grandmother's farm in New Jersey, jumping from grass hump to grass hump so our boots wouldn't get sucked off our feet, hearing the frog songs and catching the salamanders and snakes.
But it was really the cypress "knees" that pushed me to make "Protection". They brought to mind little soldiers standing guard over our wetlands.
Throughout the world we are destroying wetlands with pollution, dams and development.
The wetlands protect us from floods, provide fish and wildlife habitat, control erosion, and protect our water quality and our shorelines. We must, at all cost, be the soldiers who stand at the edge of the waters and protect our wetlands.
Dimensions: 24 x 82 inches
Technique: hand dye-painted, machine quilted, whole cloth quilt
An area of natural forest the size of a soccer field is cut down every two seconds, estimates Greenpeace. From lush trees and wildlife to barren fields and deserts, how long will it take before the change becomes irreparable?
Technique: Hand dye-painted cotton fabrics, machine quilted
100% cotton fabrics, cotton/polyester batting
Trees are like people. If they grow up in more difficult situations, they become stronger and have character. This is a whole cloth quilt painted with only grey dye.The color throughout comes from the fluorescent threads in the quilting.
Tree bark is like skin. It has wrinkles, folds and imperfections which tell the story of the life of the tree, just as human skin reveals a person’s life experiences. Aspen is created totally with threads on a hand-dyed piece of fabric.
Dimensions: 40 x 28 inches
Technique: Hand dye-painted fabric, machine quilted image
This tree inspired me because it grew in extreme conditions. The canyons around it were dry and rocky. Fires had obviously taken their toll on the base of the trunk and exposed the interior wood. This, however, did not prevent it from putting forth a beautiful smattering of bright green foliage. The natural desire to survive and endure over the years brings out the beauty and inner strength in all living beings.