Pattern Women- Collage

Pattern Women” is a series of my mixed media paintings of women where I use sewing pattern templates as the underlying support. There is an organic tension created with the combination of the inanimate structure of clothing patterns and figurative painted surfaces. In these works I have painted the surface with multiple layers of acrylic, some parts transparent and some parts opaque. The placement of the original clothing patterns against the painted forms creates an interdependence on the space, defining the resulting picture plane. Throughout the surface, original sewing instructions are still visible which provide a contradiction and a tension between the printed instructions and the reality of the visual image. There is a literal transformation in which a sewing pattern for a sleeve becomes a leg, which becomes a torso or any other variety of metamorphosis within the image.


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