Ileana Soto, Intersections
My original piece began with three questions. Which color direction did I want to explore (and have in my home?) Which techniques would I use? Did I have a piece of fabric that could become my foundation?
As I looked through my collection of cloth that I printed, one stood out. It was an early monoprint experiment of turquoise green, red, blue, and yellow-gold thick paint on cotton, a color combination that I enjoy. I chose it as my background. I selected a section for the composition and then enhanced it with stitching and beads. Once completed, I hoped it would inspire our other eleven artists. Little did I know that the process of choosing my background from older experimental pieces would provide me a beginning strategy to respond to the next eleven pieces I would receive.
Each square is abutted together so the assemblage echoes the ‘riot of color’ of my original square. I arranged them so that the various themes would move the eye around and intersect: the pinks, the reds, the pieces with diagonals. They snake through the piece, balanced by the two ‘calmer’ squares, centered up and down, that give the eye a place to rest.
Response piece to the 12 Cycles project.