Cut-out of broadcloth, this is a mock up for an upcoming project. All sides of the tower will be cut-out of neoprene fabric, sewn together to replicate a transmission tower. The final piece will be hung from the ceiling.
Working from the negative space that was cut-out to make the work 8 sheets of Stonehenge cut like a chain-link fence, I will re-build the cut-out fragments as a paper quilt. No longer limited to the size of the paper, these pieces will be machine sewn together to build a new fence, in a similar fashion to a traditional quilt. This “paper quilt fence” will be pieced together with no constraints on height or length. The black thread that will join the oblong shapes will create new links to replace the paper ones that once held these pieces together. The work will juxtapose the traditional “women’s work” of quilt-making and the industrial processes evoked by fences and construction.
Here is some early piecing…
Graphite on black paper. Pressed hard into the paper with the graphite, marking in the same direction of the links. Cut-out by hand. Paper is left black on the reverse. Installation varies. For studio shots: http://www.melaniecolosimo.com/fences.html
Contour drawing of a chain-link fence. I drew the line of each link, in an s pattern, down the roll of paper, letting the paper roll above and below me a I went. once one line was complete i turned it over to do the next link, overlapping the “s” to create the full link. More images: http://www.melaniecolosimo.com/fences.html
Shots of creating the hand cut piece “8 sheets of stonehenge cut like a chain-link fence”. I received 8 sheets of damaged, bent, dented stonehenge paper in a shipment. I cut out the negative pieces of a fence, creating a delicate, lace-like fence that can be installed many different ways. I’ve saved the negative spaces to create a quilt. http://www.melaniecolosimo.com/fences.html
Installation of the exhibition at MSVU Gallery, Halifax, NS
More images: http://www.melaniecolosimo.com/msvu.html
New work at U of W residency. Just 4 more days left of my month here.
Some very late news: I had a solo show in January at Halifax’s rising commercial gallery (((Parentheses))) on Gottingen st. I love what Kevin Lewis and Dave Hayden are doing with the space and was so lucky that they asked me to have a show. Katie Belcher wrote an article about the work in the Summer 2014 issue of Visual Arts News set to hit news stands May 15th. Check it out!
Documentation can be found here: http://melaniecolosimo.com/parentheses.html
I was very fortunate to participate in the Banff Centre for the Arts thematic residency Another World in the Studio facilitated by artist Sarah Anne Johnson in September 22 – November 1, 2013. It’s been about 6 months since the residency and I am just getting around to posting some snaps of my time there. For images of the work I made while I was there please visit melaniecolosimo.com
Opening tonight at AKA gallery in Saskatoon! built to spec, Jordan Schwab/ Structure, Melanie Colosimo
Here’s some photos, excuse the quality, shaky iPad