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The China Series uses the image of the china pieces as a format to present a lighter side with symbolism and an underlying message. Drawing on a background of my English grandmother’s love of china and formal teas, the china images become the jumping off point.
Cup with a Desert Landscape on a Snake Table Cloth captures the desert scene on a china cup, reducing the dangerous snake into a tablecloth pattern and containing the images of wildness. The elements in desert landscape become reduced to decorative images, totally removed from natural environment. Nature is viewed in second hand manner.
The tapestry Balance is a scene with china pieces stacked in a precarious pile set on a rock tablecloth in front of cloud wallpaper. Each piece of china is carefully balanced and teetering as the worlds depicted on the china try to balance. This piece was conceived at a time when I was personally struggling to get my life in balance, juggling health issues and everyday concerns with my time in the studio.
I have gouache paintings of both Cup with a Desert Landscape on a Snake Table Cloth and Balance that I have used as guide for the tapestry. Moose Cup on a Eurasian Milfoil Table Cloth I, gouache was one of the pieces that did not develop into a tapestry.
Several other pieces in this series are Moose Cup on a Eurasian Milfoil Table Cloth II, gouache; Cup with Desert Landscape I, gouache; and Cup with Desert Landscape II, embroidered.