This is some of the work I’ve been doing in recent years. Current items for sale are available at etsy.com/shop/ROIG42
. Sketchbook projects can be viewed at http://www.sketchbookproject.com/users/kerfe/artwork
I come from a family of women who worked the world with fiber in their hands. My mother Middie taught me to embroider. Aunt Jo taught me to knit. Aunt Doris made me wonderful mittens. My grandmother Hilda was an expert seamstress and a milliner; my great aunt Dell, a quilter.
I have always liked to make things. My high school art teacher, Robert Shiver, gave me the unexpected and the possible, and all those whose work I have seen (and often imitated) have added to and expanded that opening.
Definitions of collage:
—an assemblage of different forms, creating a new form
—a work composed of borrowed and original pieces
Isn’t that also a definition of all creation?
All of living consists of borrowing.
How would we learn to move, communicate, process, to survive, without imitation?
We always bring parts of ourselves—“original pieces” –to our borrowings. We begin by watching and listening and echoing. With repetition comes divergence and mutation: “a new form”.
What we make is built from and over tradition; the new incorporates and is layered over what has been created in the past.
Layers can mask or reveal, protect or expose. Layers can tell stories. Who? What? When? Where? Perhaps even Why? We repeat these layered questions in the way we live, the work we do.
Thanks to all who provided, photographed, and posed with these works.