Venus

Another view of Symmetry

From my favorite perch watching sunset yesterday, the sun, streaming in from it's low angle near the horizon, revealed a new view of my piece, Symmetry, which hangs on the wall next to my chair.

Symmetry | dyes and pigments on silk and cotton; hand stitched © Kit Eastman

The shadows of the stitching and printed bird on the front layer are projected momentarily on the back layer. I love the intense and fleeting shadows this time of year and this time of day.

Symmetry | dyes and pigments on silk and cotton; hand stitched © Kit Eastman

After sunset the front layer catches the light as it fades. It is hard to reproduce this on a gallery wall, or on a professionally done slide, but it's what I most enjoy about this piece!

Symmetry | dyes and pigments on silk and cotton; hand stitched © Kit Eastman

Evening Star / A Walk With Sadness

Here is Tera's poem (the one I chose to respond to of the four she shared with me) along with my piece. In working on my piece, I allowed the imagery and emotional tone of the poem to stimulate my imagination. 

A Walk With Sadness by Tera Freese
Sadness sits in my lap like a small child — Brown tears, hot plum breath.

Standing, I zip her up, safe inside my coat like an infant in a sling.

Look, I whisper — the white legs of birch, The lake's many ice rafts rising and falling on her huge abdomen, The yellow globe of moon winding with the trail.

There, the cold ripples of ice resemble an elephant's trunk, The slight thaw having dripped and froze again two massive wings growing from the steep silver cliff.

and — look — bright Venus Like a place you visited long ago and are waiting to return to.

I keep still — and - like a carpet rolling outward into shimmers of sky, like all of the sages reaching back through fields of time — Sadness unfolds and is gone.

Dyes and pigments on cotton

Dyes and pigments on cotton