JANIS DOUCETTE, Textile & Mixed Media Artist
In one of my textile collages, the phrase “all’s one under the sun” kept repeating inside my head as I began to work.
The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world, our architecture and our cities – are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful and full of life creative expressions and sometimes as disastrous and ugly manifestations, but each are elementally joined together on this cosmic stage.
Just as the sometimes disparate photos hold together, they seem to merge naturally with my hand dyed fabrics. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, each breathing in the wake of the other.
Surface design is definitely one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, pattern, value and construct. Exploration, problem solving and expression are always on the art path with me. I usually approach a blank canvas as a gardener with a small seed, cultivating it until it sprouts with a life all its’ own.
I particularly enjoy improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a wisp of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I’m working on, often compulsively bound to follow my hard-driving muse.