Tuesday, August 18, 2009

elisa d'arrigo

Recollection...terracotta (2), 2008, cloth, thread, acrylic paint, 15 x 14 x 3, Cross Section (2), 2002, cloth, wax, acrylic paint, thread, 36 x 33 x 7, Carta (3), 2008, paper, thread. acrylic paint, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2, Budding (6) DETAIL, 2001, cloth, thread, acrylic paint, 33 x 47 x 49, Carta (5), 2008, handmade paper, thread, acrylic paint, marble dust, 11 x 8 x 1 , Cross Section (4), 2004, socks, thread, acrylic paint,marble dust, 40 x 25 x 3, Shift Into Black, 2007, cloth, paper, thread, acrylic paint, marble dust, 29 x 25 x 4
Attempting to translate a mental image into a physical object is fraught with frustration due to the fugitive, constantly shifting nature of memory. It sometimes seems that a piece could be worked on forever, continuously evolving, expanding, and also contracting....

...The tension and puckering created by sewing the individual components results in structures that billow, as if animated from within. These undulations are a chance product of the sewing process. My responses to such unplanned effects plot the trajectory of each piece. There is no understructure of any kind. These pieces are held together with thread alone. Seams define contours, and stitches create lines, marks and surface.
read the entire statement here and see more work here and here.


  1. phenomenal work...perplexing, in that i cannot tell quite how it's done.
    there is an organic quality, and perhaps references to living tissue, wood, shells and barnacles.

  2. thanks for the images and links to one of my favorite artists....

  3. glad you liked the post and thanks for commenting. she's such an inspiration to me as well.