abstract: (adj) ...of or pertaining to nonrepresentational art; using only, lines, colors, generalized or geometrical shapes, etc.
I'm thinking in the abstract these days. So far my punchneedle has been very representational - landscape scenes and folk art birds. My mind seems to see things all in neat formal patterns. A tree here, carefully balanced against the sky and the mountains. Not that there is anything wrong with that -- BUT these days I feel the urge to just put color and thread down on fabric in all sorts of patterns. I want to feel the freedom of free-form shapes, of colors that I don't normally think of 'going together'. I want to start a new journey!
Art by Georgia O'Keefe
I've been using the internet and books from the library to look at what constitutes abstract. I've found that some of the designs are free of any desire to convey a thought or mind picture while others represent 'something' in their abstract forms. I would love to look at an object or a landscape and be able to translate it in my mind (and eventually down through my fingers) into an abstract design. To tell you the truth I'm not sure I can do it -- after all these many years thinking one way. Can I turn my mind inside out (which is what it feels to me) and make stitchery that doesn't represent something 'real'? Can I create my own reality through needle and thread?
"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality". - Pablo Picasso