Saturday, January 8, 2011

my hermetic-astro-micro quilts

For this haiku challenge I've worked on a diptych. I've made 2 quilts and 2 haikus. Everyone can stand alone, but toghether they have more relevance.
This piece is Hermetic with reference to Hermes Trismegistus that in his "emerald tablet" stated: "That which is below is as that which is above, and that which is above is as that which is below, to perform the miracles of the one thing.".
I thought about something that is similar in microcosm and macrocosm

For the macrocosm I've referred to the begin of the universe, for the microcosm I've referred to the begin of everyone (surely you can say I'm biologist)

So here is my two haikus:

1.
A spark in the dark
stars and galaxies unroll
that's how all began

2.
A sperm in the dark
an oocyte is waiting
that's how we began


Comments are welcome :)

11 comments:

elljay said...

Amazing concepts and quilts.

Michele said...

As a fellow biologist, I greatly appreciate the parallels. A lovely relationship between the two quilts.

acarolegrant said...

Very good interpretation of the 'word' and your artwork relationship is superb.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Wonderful Sylvia, I'm not a biologist but I do get the jest of what you are saying :) What techniques did you use to complete the dyptich?

orkaloca said...

Thank you all :)

Michele: I hope I'll be able to keep the parallelism along the firsts challenges. I'd like to build up a serie :)

Carole: thanks, you're very nice. I am not really happy with the galaxy appearance but I use challenges to try new things... sometimes they works, other times not :)

Rhoda: Hi and thank you Rhoda. Here are the techniques:
galaxy and oocyte: duppioni silk fused on organza, all stitched down on background.
Comet and sperm: simply cutted and fused "drop-shaped" silk pieces
space background: black silk with a layer of dark angelina fiber. (I wanted to try this stuff for a long time. I like it!)
oocyte background: quilted with variegated thread
I've added cells nuclei and shaded the oocyte with inktense pencils.
The cells around the oocyte are on a silk piece fused under the organza sheet.
Space piece

Becky said...

:) I like it!

Gloria said...

I like this too.

orkaloca said...

thank you Becky and Gloria :)

Cherie in Del Mar said...

This is fabulous Sylvia! Your comparison of the 'Big Bang' of the universe to the 'Big Bang of human life is awesome....I love it! both art and verse.
Cherie

Lynn K. said...

What great parallels! And you go from huge to personal. Nice work. Good quilting and use of color, too.

maureenc said...

Like the other members I can relate to your parallels. Each haiku, as with each quilt complete the whole!