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Book of Threads (Installation View) by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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Book of Threads – Installation view, Main Space, Umbrella Studio Gallery, Townsville, Far North Queensland, AU.
Artwork Medium ~ Mixed-media: Paper, acrylic, ink, pigment, collage, linen & raffia threads. Support ~ Handmade Indian rag paper / artist book format.
Height 250 mm x width 340 mm open (165 mm closed) x depth 45 mm

From this first Artist Book (a process/exploration Journal) developed many ideas for further art works, and these eventuated into the culmination of my 2007 solo and then toured exhibition.

Exhibited: Solo – Elevating the Spirit
and also in previous Group Exhibitions – Sense of Attachment, Growth, Art Teacher’s Exhibition.

RB Features

  • Works on Paper 29.04.11
  • Pentax Ladies Group 15.04.2012
  • Book Group 17 Oct.2012
  • Challenge Cafe 30.08.2013


Photographic equipment used

  • Camera: Pentax K10D Lens: smc Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

Artist Statement for Book of Threads

  • The Growth of the stitch and colour palette in my art practice stems from the detaching and extrapolating the stitch from its function (employed in my banana fibre basketry products) into an exploration of the metaphysical realm of ‘threads’.

    Practically, stitches bind, attach and connect materials and/or surfaces together; for me it is a metaphor for human bonding. Using a needle and thread by hand to stitch involves a slow meditative passing of time and is a methodical and sometimes painful process, of pushing and pulling through materials. This process in the end reveals the two-sided nature and the in-between of the affair.

    In Threads the stitch, archetype symbols (such as the ‘X’) and symbolic colour (eg. blue and gold) become the common threads for linking and connecting to the human psyche. Via the thread and colour, my work discusses
    a) the spirit and alchemy of ‘relationships’,
    b) dualities of life – the connection of the conscious to subconscious realms, spirit to matter, transience to permanence, complexity to simplicity, ambiguity to certainty, and
    c) interwoven energies.

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My “creative art practice” may be be succinctly summed up in the following fantastic metaphorical quote by Kandinsky:
~ “Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key then another to cause vibration of the soul.”
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  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 3 years ago

    looks beautiful

  • Thanks Soxy.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 3 years ago

    yes it does look beautiful

  • Thanks izzybeth.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Sally Sargent
    Sally Sargentover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your installation, Kerryn. I do thread paintings on clothing and I understand the time and effort represented here. I wish I could view the individual pages. Sally

  • Thanks Sally and for your resonating thoughts. Maybe when you come to Oz on your next hol’s (?) you could pop in and have a private viewing. 8 )
    Documenting the whole book and then maybe producing a slide show or even a Blurb book ~ all on my wish to do list.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • linsads
    linsadsover 3 years ago

    very lovely work well done! :o))

  • Thankyou linsads.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Linda Ridpath
    Linda Ridpathover 3 years ago

    oh i love this, i want one!!! beautiful x

  • 8 ) Thanks Linda. XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 3 years ago

    Beautiful : the hand / mind / meaning woven into one.
    “interwoven energies” = perfect!

  • Yes indeed! Glad you like, thanks very much mmargot. 8 )

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 3 years ago

    This is so amazingly cool! Excellent work!

  • So very much appreciated Ken.
    Cheers. XXX

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Bec Schopen
    Bec Schopenover 3 years ago

    So tactile, I want to touch!

  • Yes, it has that affect, lol. Thanks for commenting Bec.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 3 years ago

    Looks fabulous.

  • Much appreciated, thanks scallyart.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

  • Thelma Van Rensburg
    Thelma Van Ren...over 3 years ago

    love it

  • Much appreciated, thanks Thelma.

    – Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch

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