This body of work began sometime in the mid 1990's, as an experiment, seeing if I could adhere a dress to a canvas and create a painting over all the textures. "Dress painting" is a term I came up with to explain these when I simply couldn't think of anything better. Over the years they have evolved, with new elements of collage being added. Dress patterns, photographs, and embroidery all appear from time to time, as well as lino block prints, rubber stamps and gold leaf. I will use this space to explore the beginnings of this series, as well as showing my latest work. If the piece is available for sale you'll find the price at the bottom. Free shipping in the U.S. Contact me at kallencole@aol.com to purchase.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New abstracts

It's interesting how things morph and change from one thing to another.  I started doing a series of tiny pieces that I called (elle)ements.  These were essentially elements of the "big girl" dress pieces I was doing.  (Elle) is French for the feminine, just in case you were wondering.  These little 4" square canvases have been holding their own quite nicely, and they have their own blog www.elleements.blogspot.com
But they have started moving things in another direction.  Simple abstract pieces that focus on the process of layering, the juxtaposition of patterns ancient and modern, opaque over transparent.  I think they are coming along nicely.  Above are my three latest pieces, all 36" square.  You can see these, and the rest of my new abstract body of work this weekend at the Decatur on the Square Festival.  In Decatur, GA.  Hope to see you!