Christie Grimstad- "Land of Enchantment"
Land of Enchantment, 2021
Linen fabric, linen canvas, acrylic paint, wooden shutter slats, shutter hinge, strap, gauze, coffee slip covers, wooden buttons, bamboo hoop, mint tin, yarn, twine, stones, hanger, metal washers, plastic buttons, lampshade hoop, plastic caps, brass buttons, popsicle sticks, gift bags, magazine paper, ribbon, embroidery floss, tacks, plastic spool covers, varigated paper, paper, gift bags, brass casings, cardboard
56 x 31 1/2 x 7 Inches
“Beauty is before me, and beauty is behind me”
Considering parameters for The Cocoon Cloak, my interest immediately turned to Native Americans and their organic connection to the earth: to thrive, they had to adapt, protect and respect the ground upon which they walked.
Melding reclaimed material and anthropological contemplation upon a literal and figurative garb for protection and sanctuary was a perfect fit for me: I’m an outdoorsman, landscaper, classical music critic and devoted recycler. The idea of reclamation of discarded material to transmogrify into an œuvre of aesthetic functionality is one of my strongest passions. Assimilation contemplates culture and the environment.
This is a story with two chapters: a front panel to guard and to shield and a back panel to enlighten and to illuminate.
Front side, pieces of cut wooden shutter slats represent a breastplate, the first line of defense against COVID-19. Brown, a versatile color on both sides, conveys warmth, honesty and a grounding while yellow and orange signify a willingness to fight, in this case, the pandemic.
Red lightning bolts connote the deadly power of the disease. Other accoutrements give esteemed meaning, such as the printed text feather that outlines a dichotomous mixture of mourning (white) and victory (black).
A Southwestern élan is elaborated using assortments of wood, stone, twine, paper and embroidery thread. Recovered from the Coachella Valley desert are brass casings to mimic buffalo hair pipes.
My vision for the back side originally came from my fascination with New Mexico and its rustic glory. The artwork’s title turns attention to the center state flag that physically displays the motto, “Land of Enchantment.”
The moniker befits the plane because it epitomizes the people and the stunning bucolic countryside. Hand embroidered “friendship arrows” accent the four-sided snow clouds surrounding the black diagonal square.
Two stitched purple teepees represent the auras of power, mystery and the supernatural. And while the pervasive color, turquoise, channels water and sky, yellow (on this panel) denotes intellect and determination. Three-sided celestial cuts at the top and bottom evoke the land’s starry evening skies. Old discarded linen curtains, acting as the foundation for this piece, literally hold thermal properties due to the high fabric density and thread count.
I hope this cocoon inspires people to think about conservation and leaving a smaller footprint. “The Land of Enchantment” soothes our turmoil.
Please note: Due to differences in monitor settings, colors may appear slightly different on screen than in-person.
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