Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Love Detroit

Those who know me, know that I can be very vocal about my love for my adopted city.  I live in a beautiful old Tudor in Sherwood Forest -- no kidding  -- that's the name of the sub, but no Robin Hood.  We are just around the corner from Palmer Woods, just north of University District and the University of Detroit Mercy and south of Green Acres -- no not that Green Acres. Over the months, I will be sharing more of my favorite places, businesses, etc all within the city limits. As I have been searching for topics and inspiration for my fiber art I had a ah ha moment and I decided to base my new art around my passion for this city.  I will use photographs taken in locations around the city which meet the topic of my Sketchbook Project -- lines and grids. Photographs of rows of flowers in the gardens, storm drains, doorways and windows etc -- as the basis for the art.  Realistic or abstract?  Don't know, maybe both.  I also see a different series -- more of a social/political statement -- about the condition of some the structures.  One which stands out in my mind is the old train station which looms near Michigan Avenue, just past the field that was once Tiger Stadium.  I am appalled at the number of structures which have been abandoned, stripped and left to decay.  A tentative title --  Benign? Neglect.  To counter this series I will create one which celebrates the good things about the city -- places, events, people wherever it takes me. As I create new pieces I will post progress or the finished piece and share informaition about the place/person/event that inspired it.  Again, real or abstract?  Only time will tell.

1 comment:

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Janice this is a fabulous idea for your work. Detroit is the poster child for our "new normal" which doesn't seem very "normal" to me! I hope to see your work as it evolves. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment at my blog.