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I have wrestled with a piece for over 8 months and this past weekend I decided that enough was enough. The piece was titled an apt name: Uncomfortable in her own skin. No matter what I did to this black and white landscape of the psyche the message was not coming across. I stitched and tore out stitches. Redrew and reassembled her, stitched and tore out more stitches. Added hand stitching... Tore out hand stitching. The fabric has so many stitching holes in it I thought maybe that was the message so I started to distress it further. She just didn't want to be born. So this weekend I used my handy dandy blade and chopped her into pieces. What a relief. This frees me to pursue other visions. And maybe in the future when I can forget the torturous journey this one took me on, I will try again. I once had an art instructor who said that within each unsuccessful painting there are numerous smaller pieces waiting to be born. So here they are. I think the head was the most successful. Don't you?

Uncomfortable in her own skin, deconstructed. 2012, Paula KovarikUncomfortable in her own skin, head. 2012, Paula Kovarik

Reader Comments (5)

So, if I were to visit your studio would I see, in addition to your dissected quilt, a nest of hair that you have pulled out by the roots? Funny that in those times of complete surrender to THE PIECE what we hear are the long ago instructors
voices... mine would say- "You need to make a mess"
So congrats on letting go.
The head is pretty fabulous.
April 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjean
Wow; bravo for cutting this up. I'm sure it was cathartic, but it was still a bold move and I applaud you for doing it. I do like the head, but I also like the one with the wavy lines dripping down.
April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVivien Zepf
Good for you. Cuttng up is a form of decision, and you made one there. Of the group, I like the one in the upper left, like an eclipse. And breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes just what needs to be done...
April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat Pauly
I like it in pieces, since there are various forms of discomfort.
and maybe your discomfort isn't that "complete"
April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh Ann
I have a few pieces I'm anxious to cut up too. I like the freedom that comes with not making everything so precious that you can't take a knife to it when necessary.
May 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin L

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