And just like that, this project is finished. This piece has received all the paint it will receive. Its edges are fully bound. Although there is no such thing as enough stitches, I have set my needle down.

The piece is finished, but its life is actually just beginning.

First, it will be critiqued—both by myself privately and then by a small group of peers next weekend. I can already identify its many flaws: the original photographic composition needed further Photoshop tweaking to enhance its contrast; I needed to clean the print heads more often for consistency of printed color; I should have taken the time to determine the true necessary seam allowances for the shapes and paint thicknesses with which I was working; always, I should improve my painting. I can also identify its successes: overall, the composition works and has all the added elements it really needs; the colors and piecing pattern for the quilt background support the conceptual content; the imaginary character is more fully developed than previous pieces. All of this feedback—both from myself and others—will be digested and applied to the next piece.

Next, this piece will be prepared for exhibition. Although it—as an artwork—is finished, it has no professional means of display at the moment. I—likely with the help of Tricia—will stitch a strip of Velcro loops near the top on the back side of the piece. This strip will correspond with a strip of Velcro hooks stapled to a strip of wood of the same length. With this convenient installation method, the work can just be ripped off the wall on the way out if one ever needed to quickly flee a burning building.

The piece also needs to be professionally photographed. I have taken snapshots in my studio, but have never been able to capture the crisp detail of which a professional is capable. These images of the work are really every bit as important as the work itself. They go out into the world as its ambassador and professional representation. Most people will never see my work in person. It is only as good as the images representing it.

Finally, this work will go physically out into the world. I will submit it to competitive exhibitions and it will travel with others in the series to solo and small group shows. I will hope—as always—that someone will love it enough to buy it. If that happens, I will be absolutely thrilled and not the least bit nostalgic for its presence in my life. When a piece is finished, I am ready to move on.

Oh, and I have named this piece The End of Romance. I’m not entirely sure why.

"The End of Romance", finished.

“The End of Romance”, finished.

"The End of Romance", detail.

“The End of Romance”, detail.

The End of Romance, detail two.

The End of Romance, detail two.

 

Day Sixty-Two: Thus Concludes Our Program | 2014 | Uncategorized