"I'm not someone who buys into the idea of suffering for one's art, but I shed quite a few tears over these baskets"- Rubi McGrory
|Process that Rubi devised to make Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Baskets|
"When I explained it to my husband he upped the ante and challenged me to use all three, hence the rock base, the rawhide spokes and the seagrass weavers. I wouldn't say physics is one of my strong suits, so these really pushed me. It took a lot of work not just to figure out how to create the basket on the rock, but to synthesize the technique so I could manipulate the dimensionality and create a basket shape complimentary to that of the rock. The two most important aspects of production control is that the whole structure must remain under tension, and to ensure that, the rawhide spokes must be wet and supple while hanging from a rod. Once dry, they are nearly impossible to re-saturate without risking the integrity of the seagrass weavers."
|The artist hard at work. Her sign makes me laugh! |
I had to censor it just a bit- sorry Rubi!
|Antique lace on used softball|
I have dreamed of this ruffled old softball ever since seeing it at Rubi's home. I just adore that she saw the potential in a discarded ball and added a decided bit feminity in the form of ruffled antique lace.
|Detail, antique lace on used softball|
"I was playing around with combining elements. I have a whole crate of vintage lace and trim and was trying to find to new contexts for them , including a fast food cheeseburger with purple lace. The softball literally fell into my lap one day at the park, where I was stitching something else. It was an old dead ball, so the coach let me keep it. I have a funny relationship with softball in that every year growing up I had to play little league softball. I hated it and was hands down the most terrible player ever. All I wanted to do instead of softball practice was take art classes. I guess they both won."
"Money Talks" is a collection of individual one dollar notes hand-stitched with cotton floss by the artist. I love the idea of tacking up a few of these on a small wall space at home in lieu of a more traditional form of art!
Rubi's artist statement for her MFA thesis solo exhibition, Art™:
"We are inundated with advertising not just through traditional media, but within our personal sphere as well. Almost every object and product we buy is emblazoned with logos and slogans. Ownership of said objects and products includes the constant advertising their presence in our private sphere constitutes."
|Books in Rubi's studio that she used in researching thesis|
"In time, we become inured to logos as agents of consumerism. They become part of our visual lexicon, defining and driving our ideals and ambitions, both as individuals and consumers. In our global economy, many of these symbols transcend political and national borders. Icons of our ideology, we subconsciously read logos as symbols and other visual motifs, not different from those of theology, cartography, politics, heraldry, sciences, etc.
|"Mall of America Map Sampler™"|
"For centuries, embroidery samplers were not only a means of education for girls and women; but a demonstration of their mastery of feminine arts, thus indicative of their worth as wives. In contemporary households, women make most of the day-to-day purchasing decisions, and thus are responsive to advertising."
This is such a sweet piece, it is not for sale but I just had to share it. Rubi made this as a gift for her "handsome husband".