Artist: Nancy Monson
Title: Celestial Flower
Attribution: Celestial Flower, 2015
Year: Celestial Flower, 2015, Nancy Monson
Materials: Acid-dyed wool, silk cocoons and dupioni, acrylic paint, wire
Dimensions: 8 1/2” with a 17” tail
Image Statement: “Celestial Flower” began as wool roving and bits of silk dupioni that I sandwiched between dissolvable vessel. The pistils of the flower are composed of dyed and painted silk cocoons and felt. The stem is made of wire coated with layers of felted merino wool and was attached via needle-felting. The piece speaks of the connection between the heavens and the earth, merging a fertile, earth-bound flower with the surreal shading and colors of the celestial sky. “Celestial Flower” is an homage to my late mother, Barbara, who loved dramatic, bold colors and flowers.