above left: Helena Almeida, Pintura Habitada, 1977
above right: Sherry Wiggins, “test” not painted blue yet, 2015
The above image of Helena Almeida’s work from 1977 on the left is shown with an image that was taken of me in my studio in Boulder just before I left (that I have not printed and painted with blue yet.) This is part of my process of “getting in the mood” to be inspired by the work of Almeida. I use this process of copying Almeida’s gestures to get in a more performative space. This is part of what I want to learn from her. I like how she is subject in her own work. It breaks down notions of the self and authorship. It is both serious and there is lightness to it as well. I am not sure how far I will take using my own body in the work, but I will start off with this notion and her inspiration.
above left: Helena Almeida, (I will find the title and the date)
above right: Sherry Wiggins, “test,”2015
I love the big black fabric that Helena used in this work, and she has used it in other work as well. I am diverging from Almeida’s work with the big cloth constructions Bella Newell made for me in Boulder. My fabric is black and red. I will paint blue on certain parts of the photographs after I print them. As I have said before – these colors and forms are based on my own geometric drawings from 2013. Red and blue and black have been common in my own work as well as in Almeida’s. Another bond I have with her.
above: in the studio at Obras
Carolien and Ludger have arranged for a photographer, Luis Blanco, to come and take these photographs in the studio for me on Thursday. I have laid two big pieces of primed canvas on the studio floor. I hope that the photographer can get up high enough on the ladder to get the top view I want. I am also hoping he has some good lights. I want to have him photograph these cloth constructions on the red tile patio outside the studio as well.
Next I hope to start taking these cloth constructions out into the landscape and surroundings and perhaps to the castle…
above: outside the studio at Obras
above left: Helena Almeida, Corte Secreto, 1981
above right: Sherry Wiggins, “test”, 2015
One thought on “process with Helena Almeida – posted at Obras Sept 28th 2015”
Something about the process — hearing about it, watching it in these images — breathtaking and important.