Under Tension II

Under Tension II

Artist: Amie Adelman

Title: Under Tension II

Attribution: Amie Adelman

Year: 2018

Materials: Embroidery with thread on canvas

Dimensions: 42" x 42" x 2 3/4"

Image Statement: The in-depth study of a broad range of international and national historical textile traditions has influenced my artwork. Knowledge gained from these histories, techniques, and art forms has equipped me to explore and utilize various woven and non-woven structures in my artwork. The taut canvas traditionally used by painters becomes a tension device to stretch threads like warp yarns on a loom. I further create a moment of mesmerizing focus by using a mathematical system to organize various thicknesses of lines and colors that result in unique two-dimensional patterns or three-dimensional forms. Unexpected optical color mixtures create rich hues that draw the viewer for closer inspection. Like the work, the process is repetitive, and at times, meditative.