Detail of the “Growth” textile which originally began expanding in 2010.
The felted landscape, or Growth mural, focuses on the intense tactile qualities of fibrous elements. Using natural fibers of wool, various animal hair, and immersion dyes, I aim to replicate the natural development of traveling plant life. The process is parallel to the slow, natural progression of growth in mosses, lichen, and fungi when it explores a new environment. Like plants, human growth is a slow and laborious process in which we intuitively adapt to our surroundings; leading to continual transformation. The underlying layer is our unconscious development in which we store our memories and resilient capabilities. The continual growth of new colorful flora is shaped by our experience that we share with others. The embroidery of our thoughts represents the choices that lead to different paths we take in life. This is a body of art that hovers over the surreal, between the reality and fantasy of human cognition and its amazing ability to adapt to any environment.
Hopefully this piece will make it to the Bridgeport Artist Competition. More photos and work to come! Textile installation by Stephany Latham.
If you have four minutes please watch this video about one of the oldest and most widespread forms of textile decoration. IKAT. It is a process in which the artist binds and dyes the warp or weft fibers to create an image.
Video and artwork created by artist: Whitney Matalone