: : Larraine Seiden : :

“I grew up in the middle of Pennsylvania during the 1970s and 80s where the only art I saw was the fine craft of quilts. I drew a lot and became a painter, but my eye never strayed far from the intuitive formalism found in textile arts. I also noticed early on how different it felt to walk in the historic downtown as compared to being at the mall. This interest in how people shape and experience place led me to work in architecture and urban planning. Although I left that profession, those concerns run through all of my art. Through my Passages series, I highlight moments of transcendence that happen against the intense chatter of everyday contemporary life. I start with a layer of the most banal ephemera from daily life: notes, shopping and to do lists, and maps — forms which are disappearing in the digital age. Using pigmented wax, I paint a foundation of transparent color field over the collaged paper before layering fabric net impressions in encaustic. Then, I look for the hundreds of pathways that are left to carve and refine. The process is tedious and repetitive like traditional stitch work that I admire. These works are a witness to the everyday, much as quilts were in the past. Rows of lines that appear to flow from left to right create a rhythm like breath or written text, that compel one forward. I also see the patterns as sonorous, as a calm hum rising out of the hectic buzz of everyday.” Art teacher Larraine Seiden is a graduate of California State University East Bay and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is featured in collections around the country and is frequently voted a Top 5 Open Studio to visit. She lives in Oakland, California with her family.

Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
Larraine Seiden
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