Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gerhard Richter Inspiration: Stage Two

Stage Two - 28" H x 25.5" W
Deconstructed Printing, Monoprint, Stitched

This is my third posting relating to work inspired by Gerhard Richter. I began by monoprinting a 45" x 45" piece of fabric which has been cut in a number of pieces and I am making new work from that and incorporating additional fabric. My use of the idea of "Stage One" and "Stage Two" references the ongoing use of the original fabric.

In "Stage One" the fabric was presented in relation to a very dramatic fabric with heavy black painting and I used intense stitching on the "Richter" fabric to emphasis shapes and colors. For "Stage Two" I am using a larger cut of the fabric and I have combined it with a light fabric with a rough spiral design. The second fabric was made using the Deconstructed Printing process. This relationship is more unified in that it is more likely to be read as one rectangle rather than a diptych. The surface of the work is very active but feels light and the many layers of dye and dye markings are emphasized by the stitching.

I choose to quilt the left side with straight line stitching and the right side with organic free-motion stitching. I wanted to acknowledge the differences in the two fabrics but still keep the stitching "in the background" and allow the surface and color be the most important of the composition.

Detail 1 Stage Two
Free-motion quilting with multiple colors of thread.

Detail 2 Stage Two
Straight-line stitched with off-white thread.

Due to the slightly larger size of this piece, I have decided to use a facing rather than frame the work as I plan to do for Stage One. I have begun to add the facing but as I look at the image as presented here, I may go back and alter the composition by removing a couple of inches from the top. It just doesn't look comfortable yet. I'll let you know if I do that.

I still have more of the Richter inspired fabric so there is more to come. If you haven't visited his website please do. It is wonderful work.

Thank you for visiting and I love hearing from you.


  1. This is beautiful. I could not see that it was joined until you described your technique. My eye wants to see the circles completed to the right of the seam.

    I am still working my way through the Gerhart Richter website. I am slow at almost everything.

  2. Thank you Diana. No, you are not slow. There is just a TON of work to see and information to read. Glad you are enjoying the site and I appreciate your support of my work.

  3. Hi Terry, I really loved seeing these Richter-inspired works. The dyeing was great but your stitching makes everything so much more dynamic. It is kind of hard to understand just what is going on because of the flatness of the images vs. the dimensionality of the stitched fabric and the subtlety of the dyeing, but from what I can see, they are magnificent. Congratulations and I'm glad that you are following your inspiration down this path!

  4. Thank you Nancy for your wonderful comment. It is hard to really show the beauty of the surface of fabric. The stitching is always what brings the work to life and I plan to follow this inspiration and see where it leads.

  5. Your work is exciting and I love where you're going with this. There's nothing like making your own fabric.

  6. Hi Shayle! It is exciting and while I have been dying my fabric for years, the new surface design processes have really opened up many new avenues for me. They have also introduced many new challenges but then that is exciting too. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

  7. Thank you Judi. Always nice to hear from you.

  8. Simply beautiful! I also enjoy reading about your processes. I am a process oriented artist so that kind of detail is fascinating to me.

  9. Hi Susan! Thank you for commenting. I too love process and the past 15 months have been a big process revival for me. So much to learn and so much to learn how to utilize. Please come again.