Winner of the 2018 ARROW Five Years Out Art Challenge Innovation Award
This challenge is a world-wide competition for innovation in the arts in conjunction with the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. I’m honored that my proposal was chosen as one of seven finalists, and thrilled my piece was chosen for the Innovation Award! My textile will be displayed at the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival and will become part of the Arrow Electronics fine art collection.
Inspired by how bees see the color spectrum, this artwork is also a nod to Arrow Electronic’s work with Semios creating an alternative to pesticides using pheromones.
See this piece and other finalists’ works at the festival in the ARROW tent, July 5 – 8, 2018 in Denver, CO.
Each finalists was asked to submit a video of themselves reading their artist statement for the judging committee. You can view mine on YouTube by clicking here.
Excerpt from my artwork proposal to ARROW:
“Bees and other pollinators see a different segment of the color spectrum than we do, most notably the ultraviolet aspect. And silk—my choice medium—has an uncanny ability to glow when back-lit. So I’d like to combine my silk textile art with a LED fabric-faced light box, and employ only the colors that a bee sees, giving the viewer a glimpse of the world through a pollinator’s eyes.
Alongside this luminescence, the seams of my artwork would be amplified. These seams are important aspects of my work, a delicate physical representation of how separate things relate and connect. When sewing my work, I lightly overlap the raw edges of the fabric and stitch in a zigzag over both, connecting them together. This double layer, about 1/8” wide, becomes a pronounced line when held up to the light, similar to the soldered seams of stained glass.”
I’m continuing work in this direction. The first efforts will be unveiled at the exhibition Everything But Now, opening July 13, 2018 at Artworks Loveland, Colorado.