Lany Eila’s Statement
(l) “Knot” (2008) 9″ x 9″ x 2″
(r) “Tsunami: You Won’t See it Coming” (part of the larger piece “Any Time Now: One Family’s Soft-book Primer of Anticipated Catastrophes”) (2009) 15″ x 12″ x 2″
Tapestry is a three-dimensional construction of individual threads into endless combinations of structure, texture and color. It combines the spirits of fabric, sculpture and painting with the abstracting pixilation of digital media. It binds the particularity of the physical world to deeply rooted metaphors. It is a form that carries time within it, from its long sometimes fraught history to the many patient hours needed to form each piece. Time is also acknowledged in archival practices used to protect the inherently vulnerable materials derived from living plants and animals. All of this matters to me.
In recent years, I have woven in black, white and beige as I’ve sought to understand the ‘bones’ of the medium. I’ve found that pattern and texture can become forms of color. I have at times cut windows, pulled warps, and bent the work in mounting it. Recently I’ve begun to add beads in various colors. The possibilities in this medium are truly endless.
Lany Eila’s Biography
Lany Eila lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been included in a number of private collections and juried exhibits, including ATA exhibitions.