Art Statement for the series Mendocino Coast Conversations

Art Statement for the Mendocino Coast Conversations body of work:
I knew only two things before starting the Mendocino Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program in the fall of 2011. The first thing I knew was that I was already in love with the coast of Mendocino; thirty years ago my husband and I discovered Mendocino on a tent camping trip. The second thing I knew was that my goal was to create a new body of work using inspiration from the incredible surrounding nature of this gracious area.
The first week—a week of transition—focused on hiking and photography, knowing that later much of the work would be based on images captured during this time. As I studied the surrounding beauty, it felt as if I were witnessing conversations everywhere…between the cliffs crashing against the waves, the sun setting in the distance, the dance of tiny beauty being constantly washed ashore. Being surrounded by this interaction was life-changing.
The series is entitled Mendocino Coast Conversations. Once that was solidified, the painting, images and design components overflowed. The body of work needed to include elements of the sky, the Headlands, the Redwoods, the waves, the driftwood and the more intangible components such as the fog.
Along with the abstract interpretation of the natural beauty, including text in each painted piece was a way to bring in a strong design component as well as emphasizing the interactive coastal conversations. Random, indecipherable writing and stamping is throughout each piece and allows the ‘conversations’ to become tangible.
The body of work encompasses the colors and organic elements of the surrounding nature. Techniques and materials in this work included painting with acrylics, collage, photo transfers, machine stitching and found objects from nature. The work, in its final assemblage, is an abstract interpretation of the beauty of the Mendocino Coast.

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I knew only two things before starting the Mendocino Arts Center Artist-in-Residence Program in the fall of 2011. The first thing I knew was that I was already in love with the coast of Mendocino; thirty years ago my husband and I discovered Mendocino on a tent camping trip. The second thing I knew was that my goal was to create a new body of work using inspiration from the incredible surrounding nature of this gracious area.
The first week—a week of transition—focused on hiking and photography, knowing that later much of the work would be based on images captured during this time. As I studied the surrounding beauty, it felt as if I were witnessing conversations everywhere…between the cliffs crashing against the waves, the sun setting in the distance, the dance of tiny beauty being constantly washed ashore. Being surrounded by this interaction was life-changing.
The series is entitled Mendocino Coast Conversations. Once that was solidified, the painting, images and design components overflowed. The body of work needed to include elements of the sky, the Headlands, the Redwoods, the waves, the driftwood and the more intangible components such as the fog.
Along with the abstract interpretation of the natural beauty, including text in each painted piece was a way to bring in a strong design component as well as emphasizing the interactive coastal conversations. Random, indecipherable writing and stamping is throughout each piece and allows the ‘conversations’ to become tangible.
The body of work encompasses the colors and organic elements of the surrounding nature. Techniques and materials in this work included painting with acrylics, collage, photo transfers, machine stitching and found objects from nature. The work, in its final assemblage, is an abstract interpretation of the beauty of the Mendocino Coast.

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About Deborah Fell Art Quilts

I am an artist whose medium is quilting. I create original art quilts which range from $25 to several thousand dollars. My work has generated international recognition. I teach art workshops and am a veteran teacher of over 30 years. I teach design, surface design on fabric, piecing and quilting and the business aspect of art.
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