Studio Update: "Things Said and Left Unsaid" / by Kirsten Weis

I began this piece in a fury in mid-July 2016. 

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017

I didn't have a plan, per se. I had a stack of 3x3" squares, I had a pile of roving I had recently purchased at the local Fiber Fest, and I had a deep need to reflect on the way that the way that words spoken and words unspoken are both tangible. Both come together to form a dense fabric of memory. Of family. Both shape experience. Both can be done in the spirit of love and yet can be destructive in their own way. 

The longer I stabbed fleece through cloth, and the longer I stitched absence into tactile presence, the more I both understood that and found a kind of peace within it. 

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017

In spite of all of the things we may wish we had heard, or wish we had said, in the end we are still left with a dense, nubby thing that, for better or worse, simply is. Gaps and ground both equally material. I recently finished Ruth Ozeki's wonderful A Tale for the Time Being, and old Jiko's Zen reflections seem appropriate: Said, unsaid, same thing.   

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017

Things Said and Left Unsaid, in process. 2016-2017