Homage to Matisse

I’m inspired by color, shape and texture. The color is the first step, putting fabrics together the way a painter might use paint. I cut my shapes freehand with my rotary cutter, engaging in a direct dialogue with my materials. Next, the texture in the vertical stitching lines adds dimension and tactile energy to the piece. The colors and shapes in this piece reminded me of the cutouts of Henri Matisse, which I visit often at the National Gallery, hence the name.

Size: 41″ h x 32″w

Materials: cotton fabric, batting, variegated thread

Exhibitions: Working with the Muse, Strathmore Mansion, rockville, MD, 2020

Homage to Matisse - Cindy Grisdela

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