Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Self-Portrait Collaboration
(If you mouse over the image, the artist's name will appear)
THE COMMON THREAD
"What is the Common Thread that we as artists share? What are the ties that bind us together? We are not like one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. Artists are more like a collage, many patches, many pieces, many colors and sizes bound and held together by a common thread."
I sent a bag of 'threads' along with the book, asking each artist to incorporate one on their page. Many chose one of their own, others none. The beauty of a collaboration is in how each artists interprets the theme. As we worked over the years, even the concept of self-portrait became stretched and re-interpreted. Isn't any artwork a portrait or snapshot of the artist at any given time?
My book was constructed in such a way so that the artists could work on their page freely, whether painting or stitching, and not interfere with page behind it. Two gessoed canvas pages were bound together with grommets (patinaed in a flame) and vintage bark cloth, but left open on all of the other sides for easy access. It was my intention to stitch them closed when the book was returned, but so many artists used the inside area to write me notes or even add additional artwork, that they will remain open.
I didn't ask, nor did I expect everyone to sew their page, but many, including those who did not sew, wanted to rise to the challenge. What you see above are the gorgeous and varied to my Common Thread theme. If the slide show doesn't run well on your slower computer connection, you can just click on it and you will be taken to the slide.com page to view it as stills.
25 Participating Artists
+ one mystery artist! (no one has come forward at this point)