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Thursday, 2 February 2012

A Closer View



My exhibition finished last week and I feel I have now come to a cross roads in my life, what should I do now?
I think it will be important for me to continue with offering workshops and talks, bringing together my knowledge of fine art with textiles.
Also I have much work to continue with, taking time to paint,stitching my large scale pieces which are developing into an interesting sculptural surface.

I read an article in the Guardian about David Hockneys latest exhibition" A Bigger Picture"
I found this extract thought provoking
 Asked what advice he'd give to today's students: "Follow your instincts," he said. "Don't believe that painting's dead, it's photography that's dying or changing anyway, because of technology, just as painting changes because of technology.

12 comments:

Nell Penny Stitch said...

Saw the Hockney last week. Think you would love it. Some of his painting surfaces were a bit sculptural, rather like your surfaces in some ways. Plus I know you would love the trees!

Katie said...

This is truly amazing!
How amazing to work on such a large scale- wow!

Valerianna said...

Wow, so great to see the dimension and textures up close! The end of an exhibition always feels like a marker to me, and I find myself asking that very question. What now? The transition back to working for me can sometimes be a little daunting, but as long as I keep working, the work leads me. Going to go read that Hockney bit. Happy making!!

Tammie said...

i love all the movement in your piece, an alive feeling to it. wonderful and large indeed. I remember your wee tree brooches...
art reflects something in us... follow ones instincts feels like wonderful advice. wishing you the best, each step of the way!

filz-t-raum.ch said...

dear michala,

my greatest compliments, your work looks very, very beautiful!!!

bye from switzerland,
monica

ted and bunny said...

from personal "crossroads" experience I've learnt that being open and waiting and very much trusting your instincts, the road to take will come!

I think when something as energy fuelling as your exhibition finishes you're on such a high that you KNOW you're at a xroad, but so tired and yet so buoyant that you might want to step back before finding the new track to pursue?

You're so talented and I just love lokking at your work
xx

Cathy Cullis said...

The sculptural depth to you stitch work is impressive and I hope you will enjoy developing your larger pieces. I can see they would have a place in larger public spaces (rather like Alice Kettle's embroidery works inhabit places like Winchester cathedral). All best wishes for the various journeys ahead x

cardinal arts said...

gorgeous photos! so glad your show went well
and goo luck with your next ventures

Morna said...

Your work is spectacular! xo

Alexandra said...

These are fantastic! xx

Sheila Graham said...

Hi Michala,
Your work looks absolutely fantastic. I've really enjoyed looking at the stunning photos from the Herbert Gallery.
Thank you for following my Blog 'Tips for the potter' We appear to be living in close proximity! We're bound to bump into each other at some point.
I'll be looking out for your next exhibition.
Sheila Graham

MulticoloredPieces said...

Well, anything I could say would be redundant. That being said, you have developed a sculptural effect that knocks my socks off! Wish I could see your work in person! Your sketches and paintings are always beautiful, but it's your textile art that just pushes to the limits. Brava!
best, nadia