|"Emerging From Pain"|
- deliberate use of color from no color (black and blackened copper) to bright colors in a golden embossed batik on the right.
- deliberate use of stitching lines: the first has squiggly verticals because the pain cannot let me draw or stitch a straightline, the second has diagonal lines, the third has horizontal stitching and the last has soothing waves of horizontals.
- Metalwork, all copper. Straight squares textured in vertical lines and painted black; then more rounded/oval pieces of copper still obscured by darkish paint; then embossed paisleys with a sparse amount of paint, and lastly intricate shapes unobscured by paint (two hands in the center, three oak leaves in bottom right).
- Abstract to literal. It is also tactile with shredded edges here and there. The elements in the first panel don't quite fit on the panel and extend into nowhere.
- Embroidery, quilling, thread painting (the flowers on the right panel) charms with words on them and little clocks showing the passing of time, and the special fiber trim grid in the first two panels -- one painted black and one in light brown -- showing how hard it is to emerge from the cage of pain.
Forgive my poor picture-taking. I hope you like it anyway!