Vanitas (Corner 1) : an Art SIP
Baillie, Margaret G. (Maggie)
Artist’s Statement: “My project is rooted in that theoretical point, wherein polar opposites cease to be so, dreamlike imagery becomes tangible and dichotomies exist together, pleasurably. The hardened, sculptural canvas furthers the dyadic nature of the project, in that the traditional iteration of that medium is a stretched, flat surface to which the artist applies definition and color. In my project, the same material has been reworked and made teleologically dimensional, stepping away from traditional methods of canvas artmaking and exploring the nature of objecthood. My piece is installed in the back left corner of a fourth-floor studio in the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Starting around eye level, thirty three- or-so hand-cut and hand-stitched sunflower forms create a modulated yellow surface that extends upwards onto a wooden and white plastic lattice at about twelve feet. The canvas forms have been pasted and dried into hardened, sculptural objects. I became interested in this technique a few years ago when a friend and I purchased what I call the lizard painting from a closing Rocketstar Café. It is a highly dimensional sculpture-painting hybrid, with a large swatch of rigid folded canvas spilling out of an attached metal paint can. The painting is in red and green with yellow and black accents, with extremely thick paint application and visual busyness. This method of manipulating canvas inspired me to attempt a similar technique.”
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