I have had my nose to the grindstone, sewing like crazy, trying to finish the Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge. First, I chose to do this because I really, truly, love Cherrywood fabrics! The hand, the colors, the depth of value in each fabric…well, I could go on for quite a while. Secondly, I have been such a fan of Van Gogh, that if I didn’t participate, I would have been disappointed in myself. While I believe there’s only a 50/50 shot of getting into the exhibit, I’m posting this here:
My artist statement:
My goal was to use Van Gogh’s painting, Starry Night, his many self-portraits, and his story, struggling artist, to create something totally unique. First, I deconstructed all the stroke-work of Starry Night, knowing I wanted to use these iconic shapes in both the applique and quilting. Van Gogh painted almost 40 self-portraits, making him the first “Selfie” artist, so I used a self-portrait and super-imposed the Van Gogh stroke-work. With this evolution of design, I brought Van Gogh into the 21st Century, via Andy Warhol.