Artist: Gray Caskey

Title: Samskaras

Attribution: Samskaras | 2018 | Gray Caskey

Year: 2018

Materials: Bias tape, thread

Dimensions: 30" x 30" x 1.5"

Image Statement: While visiting the Egyptian wing of the MET, I became enamored with a burial piece that was covered in a diamond pattern of overlapping strips of fabric. I began experimenting with overlapping and interlacing fabric and became obsessed with the process. The spontaneous patterns that formed and the visual depth created from the overlapping layers motivated me to push further. Through trial and error, I have been rewarded with serendipitous moments of clarity where suddenly the fabric takes on a form that resonates with me. I have combined these patterns to create larger, almost mandala like compositions. To add additional texture I began machine stitching the fabric pieces before interlacing. When the layers overlap the aligned stitching forms its own pattern. The repetitive process becomes meditative as I build layer on layer. My hope is that this meditative energy is reflected back in the piece itself and that the viewer is able to find a moment of calm while viewing.