Sedona is a new piece that is in the New Work Gallery, completed last summer. I will share with you a little bit about the inspiration for this piece and the design intent when I created it.
Peter and I have traveled to Sedona, Arizona twice now. We absolutely love the outdoor environment, the red rock formations, hiking trails, national parks, and all the activities and surrounding areas Sedona has to offer. Last spring we took a trip there and hiked new trails, enjoyed the landscape and had a delightful stay. I am always in awe of the beauty of Sedona, it takes my breath away.
There is a unique color palette that I really enjoy in the Arizona terrain. During this stay I was especially drawn to the beautiful trees called Arizona Sycamore. They are scattered throughout the landscape and have a beautiful smooth, white trunk. The trees are large and have a graceful form offering lots of shade in the heat of the day. In addition to the trees, the vegetation is unique in form as well as color and texture. Here are a few examples from some photos I took on a hike:
The piece Sedona has three design elements that make up the composition. The first, is the suggestion of the Sycamore trees that form the structure and grid in the piece where I used a white / neutral palette. I was looking for simplicity and a linear quality for this work. The second element are the colors that are found in Sedona behind the white grid. These colorful squares represent the chroma that I discovered on our hikes. My intent was to represent this color pallete as a secondary element, peeking through "the grid of trees".
All the colored squares were cut freehand with a rotary cutter and then joined or stitched together, separated with the lighter element of either a strip or a square. Sedona was machine quilted with a variety of colored threads in each row. I wanted the stitching to be somewhat freeform and wonky in feel. The stitching creates the third element, which is a more transparent grid that is an overlay on the entire surface.
Many of the fabrics that I selected for Sedona have a very subtle pattern or graphic. The patterns that I selected are what I interpreted in the natural textures in the Arizona landscape. I used all cotton fabrics in this piece. Sedona measures 52" x 52". From beginning to end, I spent about 6 weeks working on this composition. I had a lot of fun making this piece and pairing it down to a very simple grid.
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