I met Clairan in Hyde Park, IL many years ago. She’s one of the most focused series artists I know of. Most of us artists bounce around from subject to subject like kid in a candy store.
Series art demands a lot more control and focus. It also offers a place to explore technique and content much more thoroughly than the mad dash to the newest thing. Clairan has a quiet steady artist’s heart that drives her in one direction, until she’s displayed and discovered all that vision has to offer. It gives her work a rich consistency I envy. And she knows how to make color glow.
Here are some works from her latest series: Windows into Time, and The Darkness Surrounds Us, and what she has to say about it.
“I create fiber collages by dyeing, painting and printing fabric I then stitch together. I frequently use applique and reverse applique techniques. I have been working on a series of Windows for several years. The form some of this work currently takes is called Windows into Time. I imagine we can peer through powerful currents of energy to see into the beginning of things.
I often like to work on several series at a time. Currently I am continuing work on Windows into Time, of which Sedimentary 3 and 4 are part. Each of these 12″ x 12” pieces uses commercial and my own hand dyed and painted fabric, stitched by hand and machine, and stretched over canvas. I imagine we can look back into the depths of time and see the features of the earth at their beginnings. The Sedimentary pieces speak to my love for and fascination with rocks, and strata, and striations. You can see more of this series in the current (Winter) edition of Art Quilt Studio Magazine.
The second series I am still working on, The Darkness Surrounds Us, was inspired by a brilliant and mordantly funny poem by Robert Creeley, “I know a man.” In it, the poet asks, “. . .the darkness surrounds us. What can we do about it. . . ?” We can sing, hold hands, create art.”
Clairan Ferrono, Fiber Art, http://fabric8tions.net/
And on her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/clairan.ferrono/photos/