The first work in my new series; Peaks And Valleys, is making it’s debut. I am titling this piece, 'A Slippery Slope'. Finding the voice for this series took some time. I am learning that this is part of creating a series; finding all the elements that create a body of work, knowing I can sustain the work through numerous pieces, discovering the nuances, while answering the creative questions, and feeling the artistic inspiration as the series progresses.
Peaks And Valleys is inspired by the Cabinet mountain range located in northern Idaho that I see everyday from my studio window. These majestic peaks are ever changing and this is what captured my interest over months of observation. I noticed the seasons displayed across the range. I saw a palette of colors, lights and shadows ever changing from one day to the next. So I asked myself, “How can I abstract this beauty with fiber and thread?” My first piece found inspiration from the snow covered mountains. The lights and shadows were very dramatic this winter with record snow pack.
As I began working on my first piece, I immediately came up with the name for my series;
Peaks And Valleys. While working on my first piece in the series, It occurred to me that Peaks And Valleys really is a metaphor on life. Peaks And Valleys; ups and downs, celebrations and grief….the list goes on. Yes life is filled with Peaks And Valleys.
Often I associate 'Peaks' with the good days bringing happiness and fulfillment. 'Valleys' suggest frustration and despair. It was at this point that I began to look at this range of mountains defined by pools of light and sharp angles delineated with shadows.
As I continued to create my first piece, I realized that I needed both elements to design this work as the contrast was needed to show off both aspects. While creating the Valleys I discovered the placement of the Peaks. Sometimes I noticed the light was in the Valleys and the dark shadows outlined the Peaks. Other times it was just the opposite depending on the time of day or the month in the season.
I concluded that often in life when I am in a 'Valley' that this is where I discover the light and the 'Peaks'. It is the interchange of Peaks and Valleys that enables me to appreciate and aspire to the peaks in life. I think that is what inspired me; always changing and never the same. I love the change of seasons in Northern Idaho. I have lived in climates that have been pretty sunny year around in the past, however I found that for me personally, the 'sameness' becomes monotonous. So here I am in northern Idaho, with ever changing seasons casting light and shadows new each day.
As I begin this new series anxious to start my second piece, I am beginning to embrace that it is only through the Valleys that I learn to appreciate the Peaks. Sometimes the peaks are blanketed in darkness while the valleys are aglow with light. Peaks And Valleys, a metaphor on life.
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