Sunday, January 15, 2017

Boundaries - Teresa Schlabach

Boundaries - by Teresa Schlabach - this piece says it all.  I love photographing animals.  I was visiting a zoo in Arizona when I looked over at the monkey cage and this monkey looked right at me.  He looked so sad to be in a cage.  I love going to the zoo, but I have mixed feelings about caging the animals.  They have to live within their boundaries.  I know there are some animals the zoo is a safe haven for,  but other animals should be roaming free.  I printed the photo on silk, thread painted it and quilted the background.  I did not stitch the fence.

13 comments:

  1. It's a truly hauntingly beautiful piece! Exceptional photography and stitching. Perfect for the theme

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  2. I agree with Gail--hauntingly beautiful! And the boundaries we human put around animals.... Yes, we love to see creatures we'd never get to see in the wild, but thinking of how much happier the animals would be if they were free can bring on guilt. Haunting, yes, beautiful, yes, and thought-provoking!

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  3. Wow. He seems so unhappy. How do you print on silk?

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    1. Hi Tricia - you can go to www.printablefabrics.com - they offer a variety of inkjet printable fabrics for your home printer. This was on a 100% silk charmeuse 19mm.

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  4. He shows us how very rigid boundaries make us feel. Beautiful, Teresa.

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  5. Agree- perfect representation of the theme! Your work is exquisite! The dimensional depth is amazing - WOW!

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  6. I love the depth in this image and the way you captured the monkey's gaze.

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  7. The thread painting is remarkable!!

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  8. What a powerful piece, Teresa. The sadness in his face communicates the cruelty of caging animals. Well done!

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  9. This is so life like. You really captured the sadness. These creatures have about 97% of the same DNA as humans, and so I wonder what he is thinking. So haunting.

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  10. This little guy would be so happy to know that you have made him famous through your art.. your work is beautiful.

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  11. STUNNING ! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING !
    The photo you used tells the entire story; but the story is enhanced 1000% by your exquisite thread painting. As they say, "A picture says a thousand words," and in your quilt, no truer words could be spoken ! ** FANTASTIC **

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