I had a little expedition yesterday to Cincinnati, where we visited the Art Museum. Can't recall how many times I have been to this great place but I always head straight for the modern art rooms and am always thrilled to revisit the same wonderful pieces.
The first work of art you encounter is Lace Mountains, a huge wood piece by Ursula von Rydingsvard, whose main sculpture tool is a chain saw. If you look at the detail shot, you can see how dramatically the surface has been indented and chopped to bits. But if you stand back and look at it head-on, the 3-D effect almost disappears.
I was visiting the museum with two friends, Marti Plager and Sandy Ciolino, both of whom have extensively used the fractured piecing technique I wrote about last week. Sandy pointed out that the distance view of Lace Mountains looked a lot like a quilt made with fractured piecing, and she was right!
What an unexpected moment of discovery, and what a treat to have it in the company of people who are so closely associated in my mind with this nifty technique.