Why the Process is Part of the Message –
For my woven artworks, a major part of the message conveyed by each piece rests in the process.
The first stage of production begins with two pieces of industrial grade, recyclable vinyl. A design is applied to each piece of vinyl using inks and acrylic paint. The mediums are applied using silk screens and brushes. Each piece of vinyl is then cut into strips, one piece cut horizontal and the other vertical. After the strips have been cut, they are woven onto a traditional canvas frame. Occasionally, to provide additional textures, strips of canvas are sparingly interwoven with the vinyl. The next step is to apply several coats of paint in a specific pattern and color. After the coats have completely dried, the piece is ready for sanding. The process of sanding allows for textures, base images, and other elements to resurface. Sanding is the pinnacle of production, due to not only its order in the process, but also the range of effects achieved during the process. Once sanding is complete, the piece is sealed and ready to be shared with the public.
For me, the initial pieces of vinyl are likened to an experience or occurrence. When the strips of vinyl are cut and woven onto the frame, the primary experience is scrambled. I relate this to an individual perspective of the aforementioned experience; some things are remembered while others are lost. It is common for images, which were once easily seen on the larger pieces of vinyl, to be obscured when stripped and woven. The process of adding coats of paint can be likened to the addition of time. The final stage of sanding uncovers the experience or event and is how it is remembered in the present time. The memory, like the painting, pieces together elements, images and feelings; some obscured, some uncovered, all telling a story.