Okay, so I made a new piece: All that Glitters is not Gold.
It’s not very big: about 40” wide. I really like the strange giraffe-like shapes of the oil pumps you see in the fields in Louisiana – and I’m sure further west, but I’ve not been there. And having made several quilts about steel works and cement works, I feel I want to continue with the industrial theme. And also with the larger theme of the effect of industry on nature, and the ambivalence of our desires portrayed by these creations.
I chose the colours I used carefully. The marshy green reflects both the colour of oil (that I have seen! it probably comes in lots of different colours!) but is also a colour often seen in Nature. The black is the colour of dead plants, of sump oil and machinery. The golden beige represents both dead dry leaves, but also our golden hopes for what this energy source will bring us. In other words – nicely ambivalent colours! And I’ve quilted the piece with a golden thread – of course.
But the few people I’ve shown the piece to, have objected to it because they didn’t like the colours. They think of wall hangings as decorative items (whether they have a meaning beyond decor or not) and therefore should be in decorative, attractive colours.
So – what d’you think? Should I array my oil pumps in Solomon’s glorious colours?
Was it a mistake to use more literal shades?
How important is the colour balance of the Meaning of the quilt versus the Acceptability of the piece?
And now, back to the dye-pot! If you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
I’m really looking forward to comments! Much appreciated!!