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A RUCHED LIFE
2007
Installation Piece

Puffy fabric pets turn decorum on its head as they frolic among
unconventionally shaped pillows and watercolor paintings of stark
interiors. The critters discuss design ideas using images instead of
words. The paintings are shaped as speech bubbles. Decorative
patterns overlay the eccentrically configured hallways and rooms.
The interior spaces depicted in the paintings are empty of comfort.

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About the various of elements in this piece:

The four-legged fabric pet-animals are made from "rosettes," which
are gathered fabric disks. The disks are threaded onto a wire armature,
giving them structure so they sit, lay down, climb, hang, etc. The
individual pets range in scale from 9" to 13" high and 10" to 24" nose
to tail.

There are seven watercolor paintings on paper (each sheet measuring
18 x 24",) and each is sewn to a pillow. The paintings depict interior
views of an Octagon house in upstate New York. The mid-19th century
house is literally an octagon and none of the rooms are square.

The polyester-stuffed pillows are tetrahedrons, tubes, hexagons, and
diamonds. Hand made piping surrounds the pillows. Many of the pillows
are made from Toile-de-jouy, a fabric printed with fanciful landscape
scenery.

Please click this link to see the individual paintings and for more
information about the work: A Ruched LIfe, Paintings



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