The Jury is Still Out on Rock Faces

Viewers seem split about 50/50 on this piece. I made Rock Faces because I had a close-up photo of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park and began to see faces in it. Lots of them.

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Rock Faces, 27H x 20W, Textile, Digital Print, $900

I thought about it for a long time before I took the easy way out and had a commercial printer print the photo onto cotton for me. Then I fused some fabric onto it and stitched it to highlight the faces.

Many people see no faces. I have counted over 40. Now I can’t look at a granite mountain without seeing faces.

It was after I finished this work that I realized that I had been working with an inverted photo. If you look closely, you’ll see a tiny orange spot in the middle upper part of the piece. That’s a climber and you can pick out the rope he’s using. Well, I don’t care that it’s inverted. All the beastly, ghoulish, clownish, presidential, and elegant faces are a puzzle that took me by surprise and held my interest for over two years. I’m still counting.

 

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