SILVER IS ONLY BLACK AND WHITE (2017) 25″ x 35″

SILVER IS ONLY BLACK AND WHITE (2017) 25″ X 35″

With my artworks I seek to demonstrate that few things in the real world are quite as they appear. I use layers of surprising contradictions and juxtapositions to fill my works with possibilities…

  • A stainless steel pitcher is silver and shiny, its apparent color ever-changing as it reflects the objects around it, but I can “paint” it with strands of yarn in only black and white.
  • These black and white strands are solid objects, but they bend and twist and flow, behaving almost as a fluid would.
  • The strands are soft, even fuzzy, to the touch, but can convincingly render the hard, smooth surface of the steel.
  • Only the milk inside the pitcher is fully white and actually fluid, but its knitted image is as solid–and also as soft and fuzzy–as that of the steel around it.
  • The pitcher sits on a black backdrop, but that black is painted with the same strands, both black and white, as the silver.
  • The real pitcher looks different from different angles, as it shows you different reflections; the knitted pitcher looks like a photograph when seen from across the room, but like randomly patterned knitwear–a sweater, even–when seen up very close.

You can touch both the real pitcher and my knitted image of it. Which is more “real”? Which better illustrates the illusory nature of appearances?

Which leads you to ask the most interesting questions?

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