I received the Kentucky State Fair catalog and while flipping through the sections on Craft/Hobby/Fine Art/Antiques...I realized I could submit in all those categories. I'm going to aim to submit a crochet shawl/scarf, an encaustic piece(s), and a textile art piece. I might get it together and submit one of my great grandmother's dresses or the one I have that belonged to my great great grandmother. I need to do something to keep them better, they are beginning to dry rot .I've thought about putting them in a quilt, a shadow box or in an airtight vacuum bag.
I picked up 3 more birch panels for encaustics and also 3 small bottles of the Golden High Flow acrylics that I'll use for marbling sometime in the next few months. I decided that I would only work in one size for encaustics, 8"x8" panel with 3/4" or 1" (can't remember) deep. Did I mention the Shiva sticks play well with the beeswax? Everything I create will go on a wall here at home until I decide what to do with them...the same with the Morrison quilts. Don wanted the one I've completed to hang in the gallery. That didn't feel right...I'm not about production. I want a group, a body of art, to make a statement...not a quilt one, hang one, quilt one, hang one, etc.
While painting today the ghostly figure with changling blue eyes...I thought of a woman who I knew back in the 80s who thought she appeared white after she sprinkled herself with white baby powder from head to toe. She wore wigs that were bone straight or bone straight and blonde. My contact with her was only a few weeks before she returned to prison for prostitution. I had not read about Post Traumatic Slave Disorder back then, but now, I see her as having a very extreme and severe mental disorder. What comes of someone, a woman, who is so disconnected from her own story, truth, mind? It was the quilt for The Bluest Eye.