Artist dye-painted silk wholecloth with dyed yarns, hemps, strands of bamboo and silk for trees (3D) and silk organza panther.
A “ghost panther” roams the hardwood hammock of the Big Cypress Preserve. Able to leap15 feet vertically and 45 feet horizontally, he requires 200 sq. miles to survive. We must support land acquisition, biodiversity, and increased wildlife road crossings before our panther fades into extinction.
I call my work commentary art; my intent is to become the catalyst for the viewer to consider his or her awareness of current social issues. My aim is to present images so powerful they immediately engage the viewer and imprint at the forefront of their subsequent reflective thoughts. My two and three dimensional artwork has addressed a variety of issues to include: hunger, climate change, technology, wars, rape, high frequency trading, and more. I have developed my one-of-a-kind technique over a period of many years. I use Procion MX powdered dyes to paint on specialty papers which sit atop my hand dyed silks. Using dyes as opposed to paints brings a special vibrancy and luminescence to these backgrounds which can stand alone as abstract art. From that point I sculpt, stitch, and paint the focal subject matter of my commentary art with any means that best communicates my intent. I also utilize polymer clay, plastic forms, and metal structures for my 3D work.
Take a look at her website www.patriciaturnerart.com