normally after an exhibition i take some time off and just decompress, but this time around there was no rest for the wicked. i wanted to make some new work for artMRKT to be placed in fouladi project's booth.

i noticed that my japanese crochet books had hexagon patterns in them. i also remembered that when i was doing research into toxins many of them were diagrammed with hexagon shapes. so i picked one... coronene to make a couple pieces of work.

the skinny on coronene - it's a superebenzene - yellow in color [ah it's nice when my palette is dictated to me] generated in hydrocracking [yes like fracking - but used in jet and diesel fuel production] and can cause DNA damage in mammals. fun.

of course i like that it also looks like a quilt - i've always liked hex shaped quilt pieces - especially when put together in this exact way. ah a double visual reference. twice as nice for me. it's also kind of nice that it's like a bee hive. [i think the yellow makes me think this more, but still]. 

i'm officially obsessed with making these pieces that are just doilies - tacked to the wall - with the thread hanging from them.

will this be the THING that i do until i can't stop making art anymore? i don't know. but i know that i'm still totally in love with it and can't really see being tired of it anytime soon.

there is just something so simple, and in the end so right about it.

like all doilies on the wall - it's now ART - it's in the wrong place. you are forced to notice the intricacy, the detail, it's intimate. and the shadows. the 2D/3D play is still something that gets me. everytime.

i thought it'd be nice to pair the doily piece with a drawing. and then they allowed me to also draw on the wall. so the drawing gets to escape from it's frame. there's such a funny process to that. stand at a wall. i make paper maquettes so that i see what spots might work. and then i move them around. a couple of friends came to say hello while i was working and they said - oh we should leave you alone. i said no - it's better if you distract me because then i can just look out of the corner of my eye and i'll get a better sense of if it's working or not.

if i stare too long i don't know. it works best when it's my gut calling the shots. the brain should just follow. it's about spacing. 2 inches can make or break it.

detail of drawing.

 oh let's get a little closer shall we?

if you want to gander at these in person they are up over the weekend. and then it all comes down. art fairs. overwhelming. fast. i'm going on sunday i think. and on friday to artpad - where some domestic scenes are on view in walter maciel's room - poolside. room 17.

a new post in my make believe collection on poppytalk too. have a great weekend internet.


Michael said…
I hope one day your work makes it to Vancouver - I would absolutely love to see it in person; it is perfectly engrossing to my fiber arts and academic halves.
Anonymous said…
It is amazing how a carcinogenic chemical can appear so beautiful! I have to remind myself that this stuff can kill people.

Stuff in the news recently, by the way, about the way in which the rules for fracking have been set up to benefit the oil/gas companies rather than really protect the public. NOT a good thing.....sigh, sigh, sigh.
melissa s. said…
I am in love with it, too. xo
Blair said…
You are amazing. I need time to decompress after a big project too, but sometimes its good to just plow on thru to the next thing and see where it carries me. Your newest is absolutely breathtaking. I love the way your work is so airy and ethereal, and yet so intentional at the same time
Gracia said…
I like how you write of placement altering our perception... and those warm yellows! Lovely stuff, you clever hive of greatness.
louise said…
Great work Lisa. Hope it was a grand success. xolj
lisa, i love how innovative your work is. seriously beautiful. xo.
Katrina said…
gorgeous, lisa. i love the spools of thread sitting on the floor like they are resting after all that hard work of making doilies and pinning them up. congrats to you on so much work this spring.
Alison said…
These really are wonderful - a process of metamorphosis in every sense.

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