For several years a series of intricate mixed media paintings emerged as I intuitively followed where the paint, ink and graphite wanted to carry me. Each rendering offered an experience as I merged with the creative process itself. This powerful wordless imagery spoke to me on many levels as I interacted with these seemingly mysterious works. Frequently compelled to gaze into the imagery and simply 'listen', the collection still moves me unlike anything I have ever created.
In 2020 I was inspired to digitally expand and render two decks of cards from these paintings. In 2021 this imagery expanded yet again into a textile series. What has resulted are two decks of thirty cards each, one vertical and one horizontal, and an ongoing art-quilt series. Each comprises digital manipulations of the original paintings. The cards expanded on the multi-dimensional nature of the paintings and then the textiles expanded on that nature even further as I merged original fabrics with more commercial fabrics, thread painting and quilting.
Intentionally, there are no words connected to the image-stories on the cards, no symbolism to memorize or 'read'. Therefore ones first language of intuitive, direct knowledge is available as the cards are contemplated. As the art-quilts emerged I found myself expressing the current state of the world as it spun more and more away from 'the norm'. This was not the popular or politically correct version of what was transpiring, but an insightful and somewhat disturbing perspective of the breakdown occurring before the rebirth of what is to come. As always, I learned as I created. I listened to the messages as I was inspired and I continue to create that which rises to the surface to be expressed.
Almost a decade into working with this imagery I am not sure where it will carry me. Currently the cards are available only as a limited edition art set. A sneak peek of the first art-quilts will be posted soon. As I have worked with these images the inner wisdom they have evoked has been surprising and consistent. It is from this experience that the name of both the cards and the textile series emerged, Innerwyze.
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