Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's in a Name?

The latest in my scrunched series that plays with heavy texture is an attempt to push the limits of what I could do with this technique--can I make sharp curves with these scrunchings? And here is the answer:

I was obviously playing around with letting some of the background show as well.  But I was also very aware, as I was stitching these rows down by hand, how the various shapes were influencing each other--from the triangle-ish piece in the center left to the twists and turns of the others that encircle it.  It is a small piece, about 14 inches square.

Naming a finished a work is often a fun part of the process, although I sometimes begin with a  name in mind.  But the naming process for this one is dragging on. "Influence" was an immediate favorite until I was looking at the piece a couple of days later and "Aura" popped into my head.  Although "Influence" certainly conveys one of the main themes of the piece for me, it is a bit pedestrian. "Aura" is a more resonant word but is also a bit more restrictive in its connotations. Then today, I added "Connotations" to the list and that became the favorite for a good part of the afternoon, but I keep waffling among the three. Any thoughts?

And, even if you don't care what name I give it, thanks for the company!

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