Monday, October 15, 2012
Standing Up for Peace
Standing Up for Peace. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. No stitched words. Transferred words: Women in Black; Silent Vigial. Hand Stitched. 25” x 35” unframed. 31” x 41”. Click on image to enlarge.
When I first imagined stitching this piece, I intended to embroider the words "Standing in Silence" and call it Women in Black; but their sign was perfect. Thus, the stitching went quickly, I thought it was done until I accidentally dribbled fuchsia ink on the artwork. Discharge paste almost "fixed" it. To cover the blemishes, I added buttons. I like the results even better.
To create the work, I'd arranged to meet these three ladies right before 5:00. For the past five or six year, every Wednesday, a group of individuals stands in silent protest. They are WOMEN IN BLACK. I snapped my camera
Some of the participants weren't wearing black. It was 100 degrees (that's 38 Celsius). Black just isn't a color for that sort of heat. I don't know how they do it. I was sweating from the moment I got out of my car. Standing there, week after week, is a real commitment...a personal decision. They are still standing…rain, snow, hail, sweltering heat, ozone alert levels…..every week….in silent protest.