Accidentals is a mural sized piece created by cutting strips of my screen printed sheets of recycled plastic bags. There is also text in endangered languages and I imagined this as a giant sized artist book. Since so much of the process of making this piece was random, the title became Accidentals. This also describes birds that are found outside of their normal habitat. Making Accidentals took me way out of my comfort zone. Trusting the convoluted process (read blog about making Accidentals…) was a lesson in remembering that like parents, artists just start the piece and then it has a life of its own. Accidentals was chosen for a 2023 exhibition in Venice as part of Deborah Kruger’s Arte Laguna Prize.

Medium: Screen printing on recycled plastic bags, sewing, cutting and wrapping
Size: 92 x 167 x 6” Date: 2020

Photography: Carlos Diaz Corona

Accidentals on Display

Accidentals: The Story of Randomness in Art-making

In a recent artist interview in the Textile Curator blog, the curator asked how long a piece took to complete. There was really no way to answer but the story behind Accidentals is a good case in point.

Two years ago I pinned up about 90 sheets of my silk screened plastic sheets onto a wall in my studio. It looked like a crazy quilt. I had an idea about making an oversize artist book. It was interesting but not extraordinary.

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Accidentals Image Gallery