September 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Karen: I had been an admirer of Paula’s work for many years. Her use of color, size, and intricate stitching was amazing to me. We were part of a small group of fiber artists which continues to meet on a monthly basis. In 2010 Paula showed me an art quilt she had made from an MRI Scan of her friends spinal cord injury.
Paula: When I first saw the MRI, i was immediately struck by the beauty and strength of the image, and realized that these innate qualities needed to be expressed as art.
Karen: Paula had already created several pieces which she brought to our group to share. We have contrasting styles, so as kind of a challenge to myself, I asked Paula if I could interpret the same MRI but in my own abstract voice.
Paula: There was no thought at that time of a collaboration, but when Karen showed me her pieces several months later there was no doubt that this was a perfect fit. We decided right then to work together on a more formal basis and began looking for X-rays, MRI’s, and CT scans.
Karen: We work from the same original images but at our own pace, in our separate studios. So at any given time, I might be working on a spine, while Paula is working on a hip.
Paula: Eventually we realized we had over 40 pieces of art collectively, and it became time to think about exhibiting which brings us to where we are today.
Paula: As our collaboration continues, so does our experimentation. Karen continues to push the envelops of discharge, overdyeing, shibori, and texture creating processes through shrinkage and manipulation. I’m experimenting with different stitching substrates to create work capable of hanging off the wall, in 2D and 3D presentations.
December 24, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Body imaging provides a powerful window that allows the doctor dramatic non-invasive images of our anatomy. As artists, we find these images compelling, since they can tell a story or be seen simply as shapes, lines, dark and light spaces.
We strive not to duplicate these images, but to convey them as we envision them, both individually and as a collaboration. We hope to show the beauty, strength and vulnerability of the human body through our work.