My “Soft Rock” series stems from an exploration
of the felting process. While earlier felted works consisted of highly
detailed, true-to-life sculptures, these rocks are simple in shape
allowing me to investigate their form and function more fully. As my
hands form each piece of fiber into the semblance of a rock, I imbue
each rock with its own individuality, whether by its shape, size,
texture, or colors. Sometimes, I allow the fiber to dictate the final
form. Other times, I exert more control over the materials to create
exactly the look I want.
Each of the pieces in this series is inspired by a
phrase or common saying containing some reference to the words
“rock” or “stone.” Then, from those words, I arrange the fiber
rocks to express the meaning, often in an unexpected way.
While my work can be seen as minimalist, it is more
of a contemplative experience with multiple layers of meaning: the
hardness of wood contrasted with softness of fiber; a naturally hard
object expressed in a soft fiber; an attempt to contain nature; the
multiple meanings of each piece’s title; and the symbolism of the
permanence of the rocks.
I’m very excited about this new twist on
expressing my love of fiber art and the inclusion of other materials
like wood. New ideas are almost constant and I feel like I’ve
discovered new territory for exploration. It’s as if the work itself
is gently guiding me as I wander down this pleasantly rocky path.