A few years ago, when I was nearing the end of my work on the Structures series, a series on lines. Lines Lines Lines …
Structures were the study of relationships and boundaries using lines as the main visual element. For example:
In any case, towards the end of this series I had a desire for form in order to play a more prominent role in my compositions. As you can see from the composition in the lower left corner (in the image above). Backgrounds began to become the main element of design.
I like the series of designs with all its lines. Thin lines have been my thing for over ten years, and I still enjoyed what was possible.
I continued to research what I could do with the line a few more years, and a few years later I completed this series with even 200 textile paintings.
At this time, I also began to explore what was possible with the form. When one episode ended, another began.
I started a new series, which I called Portals. Portals – Discoveries – Opportunities – because the basis for the series was the abstraction of an old-fashioned keyhole in the door.
I studied and celebrated form! In particular, a 4-sided shape with a contour and tail.
Most of the works in this series – less than 12 × 12 ″ (30×30 cm), as well as many fabrics with hand-painted and stamped – care for me too.
Now that I had the form, I could explore the overlap to create depth.
I could study the position of the figure in the image plane. Trimming edges, moving shapes to edges, etc. This was a different approach to design than just placing lines.
And, as usual, I focused on creating beauty through simplicity.
This new form also indulged my love of complex construction. Although the composition below is very simple – to sew it was a difficult task. Finding out in which order to cut and sew seems to be not so simple.
I like this duality visually simple, but incredibly difficult to create.
Lisa Call, Portals # 56, 2015, 18 × 18 ″ (46×46 cm), sold back to portals
This year I returned to a series of portals to explore these ideas in a wider format.
The very first image in this post is a large textile painting, which I worked on throughout September.
This will be the first work of art that I create after moving to New Zealand (4.5 years ago), which will NOT be set on a stretched canvas.