40 x 39 1/2
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Cracked is about sanity and the lack thereof. I’ve been wanting to make a portrait as a cracked plate for some time — and after considering how someone else would feel as a cracked plate, I decided that it would be best if I were the guinea pig — so technically speaking, this is a self-portrait.
I made the face in a circle — hiding it from family members until I had a chance to cut it up. In the same way there are people that feel pictures take their soul away from them, reflecting someone’s image in fabric evokes a primal feeling. Cracking the plate is unexpected & intended to create disturbance for the viewer.
I also added a drop shadow to each plate piece to give it dimensionality.
The pieces are close enough to each other that the viewer can see the original picture — and yet far enough apart that there is disruption in the flow.
Fiber Art Fusion: Motus, The Art Place, Marietta, GA September 2010