Layered silk totems
I have been working silk for a long time. It absorbs dye to create incredible rich colors as only silk fabric can do. Over the years I began experimenting with stiffening the silk with acrylic mediums to create dimensional forms. This series is about bringing the medium back to the flat surface and layering the colored silk pieces to create totem like compositions. The transparency of the overlaid silk pieces creates new beautiful rich colors as well as depth and dimension. I have incorporated some silk pieces that have been silk screened with textural patterns. The enhanced colors and sense of light are inspired by the ocean, sky and tropical habitat from my time spent in my home and studio on the coast of Costa Rica. The totem shapes have been inspired from my interest in primitive and African art. My desire was to pair down the compositions on the white paper surfaces in order to offer the viewer the pure experience of the geometric, colored layers.