Strata....by Susan Lenz

The "Strata Series" was inspired by the cross-sectional profiles of the earth. The resulting series was worked on water-soluble fabric in free motion machine embroidery. The series was SHORT LIVED. Thus, this blog is a place to BURY blog posts....in the cross-sectional profiles. It functions as a support area for my "main" blog which is Art in Stitches by Susan Lenz.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Endless Life



 

Endless Life

2011
38” x 33”

Endless Life is a good example of how I combine grave rubbings made from different eras and different parts of the world.  Three of the rubbings (the folk art angels/skull) were made while in Lydford, England. The markers were from the late 18th century. Two of the other angels date from the same time period but were in Maine. The epitaph, however, comes from Rock Creek Park Cemetery in Washington, DC.  Some of the other phrases were from the late nineteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries.  The background of this piece is sort of special too. I friend moved to California to pursue an MFA in photography. She gave me her stash of vintage clothing, material, and other assorted fabrics....including an old painter's drop cloth. I don't think I could have intentionally created a more perfect ground for these rubbings. Occasionally, I'd hit a patch of more solid, acrylic paint through which it was harder to stitch....but it was worth it!

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