I decided to submit some artwork for this show. When I first saw the theme, I had an idea to create an artwork with an abstracted view of the interior of a church we visited in Scotland. Well, I never got around to doing that. I had some other things to take care of, like breast cancer.
That leads me to the piece that will be in the show. I got the bad news about a week before we were to leave on our trip to Scotland. While on vacation, I tried not to think about the surgery and radiation I would have to deal with when we returned. But being human, it did cross my mind a few times.
I carried a little sketchbook with me and while we were on a train or bus or something, I did a little sketch of an image that had popped into my head related to the breast cancer. Anna did not know what I was thinking about, but saw the sketch and thought it was cool. She asked me if I was going to make that into an artwork and I said I probably would. She had a completely different impression of the sketch.
I made the piece and was planning to enter it in an exhibition about cancer, which I thought I could do online. I could enter the information online but the images needed to be sent on a CD. Since I found that out the day before the deadline, I decided not to spend the money to overnight a CD and did not enter.
Now, it will be in the Inside View Exhibition.
hand dyed fabric, painted and stamped
fused appliqué, free motion machine stitching
39 x 34"
©2012 Lisa Flowers Ross
Well, I think it is a bit obvious and a little different interpretation of an inside view.
The sketch is a bit more abstract and, I think, more impromptu. Also, it is much easier to freely draw those circular shapes on a three inch paper with pencil, than to translate it onto a large fabric piece. So, I think I like the sketch a little better.