Tony Martelli whose work is said to "suspend time and disbelief with a peculiar aesthetic tension".
A nice little bit of art speak!! And probably meaningless! Or rather, so vague of meaning as to be
worthy of a horoscope! However, the work is definitely strong and provoking and he has a very distinctive
point of view.
He began his talk by describing how in graduate school he really wanted to "project his intellect", to appear very
dying to use the word trope which means "a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression".)
of Martelli's most successful tropes has been his sculpture of himself as a sleepwalker.
He described how this sculpture works as a perfect trope when placed in a any boring museum settings!!
He's also done a lot of "self portraits" made from vegetables or hunks of meat (these are meticulously rendered in silicone or bronze by the way (including the flies) but look entirely realistic - more tropes!).
So he both literally and metaphorically put himself very directly into his art. And it came alive, and much more compelling. How can we as quiltmakers do this? I've often been surprised by people who make pieces in a random haphazard way hoping that the colors and textures will come together to make an interesting whole. Or even
stranger, people who work from a photograph that they just came across yesterday and they think looks
quite nice - how can that be meaningful for you? I think I've always tried to make work that related to my
own life - now that doesn't necessarily mean I've been successful...but I have had that aim. For me, there's
always a story behind the quilt. Here's a couple of recent pieces:
|Waiting for the Boat|
Waiting for the Boat is about sailing on Lake
Ontario - becoming becalmed and then finding out
that the battery was flat! We had to be rescued -
a boat was sent out with a new battery...while we
waited "for the rescue" we laughed and drank
beer! It could have been very awkward but in fact
we were helped out in a most cheery and light
hearted way - I so wish many of life's problems
could be dealt with so graciously......
|Brushes and Scissors|
In Brushes and Scissors, I'm contemplating my somewhat segmented and confused life where I can't decide whether to focus on make fiber art, or painting.....so I guess this is a Real Trope - if metaphors can ever be seen to be real..the scissors do seem to be in charge of the action here having cut up several of those brushes!!
Do you try to put yourself into your art? do you try to make work about your dreams, and feelings and hopes and nightmares?
(yes some of Martelli's work was pretty nightmarish! - for example the sculpture of the "Fucked Couple" who had had limbs torn off because a grand piano had fallen on top of them ......)
Is making one's work about one's real life important?
Or is it better to appear smart and knowledgeable?
And, if you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth