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Wednesday, April 02, 2003  

A while back I had opportunity to play with clay and glazes. After saturating all my friends and family with mugs and dinnerware and tea sets - and of course, completely filling my own kitchen shelves, cabinets, and dishwasher with my own wares - there wasn't much left to do but branch out to the very walls of the house.

This is the backsplash in the kitchen - and I call it my “Tess of the d'Urbervilles" wall. Although Tess was a wheat harvester and not a shepherdess, this gal's obviously going to be led astray by the cavalier (surely nouveau riche - for who else but an upstart would put Tudor wings on a castle?) – but then, a shepherdess in a knitting blog is certainly more appropriate. She sits beneath a stylized Tree of Life inspired by Jacobean Crewel embroidery. There are plenty of symbolic critters beneath the soil, supposedly signifying the corrupting influences that will culminate in her ruin.

I painted this over the course of 11 months in 1994. At first I could only work on it when I could spread all the tiles out on the floor and my biggest worry about the thing was whether the tree of life would fit in the space between the kitchen cabinets. Once the cartoon had been drawn I could work on it in sections.

Here's a close-up of the tree.

Happily I completed it in November of ‘94.

posted by Bess | 5:11 PM