This year I've been making suspended silk gauze art pieces—single-unit mobiles—with solid objects suspended inside. Some are about water, others are room-height columns of abstract translucent earth imagery surrounding and obscuring solid ceramic ring rocks. The image on the Member Artists page is a floor-view looking up inside one of these. I love the way the earth has been laid down in layers and we get to see hints of that in stones with rings.
I keep experimenting in the air-borne possibilities that come with hanging off the wall.
Each project is an exploration. Even my scarf work is an adventure in line, form, and of course luscious color.
Life is as fluid as flowing silk, I find. I move between making art, teaching silk painting in my studio, teaching art to girls at summer camp, designing for print, and participating in the various duties, wonderful local activities, and friendships of life. I also get out of town now and then.
If the details interest you: BA in Fine Arts, St. Lawrence University; grad work in Communications, Simmons College; graphic designer for ages; silk painter since 2005.
My late husband, Wayne Mutchler, and I designed and built a house in Peterborough in 1990, where we raised our creative daughter, Ellie, who now lives in Europe. Thank heaven for skype. And I live and work in a renovated mill space with a river rushing by.
374 Union Street, Unit 409
Peterborough, NH 03458
Deep Blue Sea
Silk gauze mobile, painted with
dyes and textile paint,
on shaped wire,
with opaque silk fish suspended
inside (see detail image)
31"H x 15"Diam.
Deep Blue Sea detail
Dye and textile paint on silk gauze
Opaque silk flat fish suspended inside
Mobile: dye-painted silk gauze hung in a spiral column. 3 ceramic ring rocks (also called wishing stones) suspended down the center of the column.
7ft-6in X 12in diameter
Ring Rocks 2 detail
Mobile: close-up detail of a similar mobile to Ring Rocks 1. The translucent silk gauze surrounds the suspended ceramic "rocks."
Hard to descibe, you have to come see them!
Ring Rocks 2 is 8ft X 12in diameter
Printed and hand-dyed silk hung on lashed bamboo framing
approx 50" square
Painted Jacquard silk
Painted Jacquard silk