All winter long, while I sat and worked on this new piece, I listened to news stories on the radio about the people who are fleeing their home countries amid war and conflict. Even though Displaced is inspired by current world events, it could very well represent the universal and timeless plight of refugees throughout history.
I often think in terms of creating miniature shallow stage sets and with this one, I envisioned a highly dramatic scene. It was important to me that the piece evoked a strong emotional reaction, much like an opera.
UPDATE: Displaced is on view in the exhibition Salley Mavor: Social Fabric through Sept 4th, 2021 at the Upcounty History Museum in Greenville SC. It will also be included in the retrospective exhibition, WHAT A RELIEF: The Art of Salley Mavor, May 3 – Sept. 11, 2022 at the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk, ME.
The heavily burdened figures are a chorus of characters making their way through a black and ominous landscape. To help create tension in the design, I thought of antonyms, such as dark/light, general/personal, despair/hope, trapped/escape, harsh/tender, sharp/soft and horror/beauty.
With fiber art, much attention is paid to materials and techniques, as well as the labor intensive process. My intention was to make a work of art that transcends the amount of work invested and the methods and skill involved in the expression.
UPDATE: 18″ x 24″ Posters of DISPLACED are now in my Etsy Shop here.
Here are some details of the piece, along with a glimpse behind the scenes in my studio.
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