|Walk in the Woods #5, 2007|
|Seeds, Pods and Husks #1, 2008|
One of my favourite ways to represent cellular growth and decay is to stitch a synthetic sheer to a cotton, and then use a heat gun to burn away some of the sheer fabric.
Scrim (rather like a starched cheesecloth) can suggest patches.
Random stitching on a wash-away stabilizer can create a kind of netting. Fascia?
|random machine stitching with heavy thread onto wash-away stabilizer.|
then secured onto a cotton base
The effect below was made by painting and then burning into Lutradur.
Applying ink to cloth using bubble wrap can suggest cellular degeneration.
I am having fun looking back at techniques I used a decade ago, and considering how I might use them in my new project on the subject of surgical instruments. As with the Walk in the Woods series, I might make a grid of interlocking and overlapping rectangles. Some of these could have an image of a surgical tool on an interesting background, and others could simply be small patches of organic texture.
A grid seems rather bloodless for the topic of surgery, when you consider how surgery is a form of violation of the body. And yet, my piece is to be inspired by the collection of a medical museum, and what is a museum display if not bloodless? Further thought required....