ABSTRACTIONS SERIES

by Carol Taylor

I am interested in the interplay of shapes and forms. This series is an exploration of how random pieced shapes and use of color and value can combine and build into recognizable forms or patterning to create a perception of the idea in the viewer’s mind.  The pieced shapes are simple but varied, uncertain and random, which create a kind of visual rhythm.

Red Sails in the Sunset
57 x 46


This is an abstraction of how my mind sees sailboats with their masts as they float gently on the water at the end of a gorgeous summer day with the brilliant colors reflected off the water.  It is pieced with a variety of fabrics including silks, velvets and hand dyed cottons with texture added by quilting the waved reflections.

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Hurricane!  
54 x 43

The first quilt in the series was made during Hurricane Dennis, the second level 4 hurricane to hit
Florida in ten months.  It was also made in memory of my waterfront timeshare condominium in the Cayman Islands which Hurricane Ivan devastated just last year. This piece is how I see the approach of the hurricane as it whirls through everything in its path.

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Evergreen  
62 x 68

Surrounded by the lush greenery that is native to Upstate NY in the summer, I wanted to make a quilt showing all of the variations of greens and yellow-greens to celebrate this beauty.  I chose a variety of green fabrics and cut them into curved, organic shapes which I pieced together using value as my guide. Showing how the mature dark greens intermingle with the chartreuse and lime greens of the young sprouts as the leaves shimmer in the wind, with patches of light filtering through was a goal.  When I arranged my pieces into a composition, a large dark shape began to appear, looking much like a large evergreen tree. The rhythmic pattern of the quilting suggests the waving movement of the leaves and branches wafting in the summer breeze

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Shadowboxing 
72.5 x 53.5

Searching out as many shades and tones of gray as I could find to make the shadow boxes, I discovered why the term “gray area” probably came into being. Those grays really do blend into one another and the differences between the values of gray are so subtle, until you get some distance from them.  So piecing those grays into 3D boxes that appear to lie on top of one another was a challenge.  It was a joy to finally get to work with the bright yellow to create the lively background.

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