1. Crackup – collage, handmade paper, fabric, stitch, pastel; 24 x 18 in.
2. Emperor – quilt top, recycled apron, textiles, trim, Japanese print; 42 x 60 in.
3. Iris – cut, folded handmade paper, stitching, chalk; 18 x 24 in.
4. The Long Journey Homeward – assorted found textiles, plastic coil, rust dye; 68 x 28 in.
Straddling abstraction and narrative, life and fantasy, my work explores the in-between spaces. With fabric and collage, I build up contrasts and then rework tension with markings of stitch, cuts, chalk and paint. My toolbox is open to everything. I invite real life into my work and exaggerate the artifice of art.
© Mary McFerran