If I lament about the loneliness of being a textile and embroidery artist, tell me to shut up.
Tell me to stop feeling sorry for myself and to lay my eyes on "Cuidado!" the startling and beautiful artwork I received as a gift from the amazing California artist Mark Bieraugel.
"Cuidado!" is meditation on danger. On the risks we take crossing borders, literally and figuratively. It is stark, timely and unnerving. A running family in the crosshairs, depicted in soft felt and thread. Strange in the best sense. And although it is different in subject from the science, sex and humor of Mark's other work, it is entirely him.
I am humbled. I am awed. Mark's heart is huge. His generosity is astounding. And his art is magical. His mixed media creations fuse the playful with the profound.
Sure, it can be isolating to spend so much time alone, with my needles, embroidery floss and sketchbook. Mark's beautiful gift reminds me that we're not alone. That threads connect us to other makers out there, who are bent over their fabric, making sense (or not) of their world in a flush of creativity and vision.
A community of thread.
Thank you, dear Mark.