Friday, October 23, 2009

Jan Hopkins @ SOFA Chicago 2009

"Law of Identity" - Dimensions: 57-1/2"x12-1/2"x8", Materials: melon rind, weathered hydrangea petals, silver dollar pods and yellow cedar bark, photo: Ken Rowe

This piece is part of the women icon series and homage to Gertrude Stein. I am inspired by her words and the impact she had on the written word. While contemplating how I was going to portray her work, I decided that I wanted to use her most famous quote "a rose is a rose is a rose". According to Wikipedia" In Steins view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of the thing already evokes the imagery and emotions defused through her own writing and the culture at large." it is also pointed out that "Gertrude Stein's repetitive language can be said to refer to the changing quality of language in time and history. She herself said to a University that the statement referred to the fact that when the romantics used the word "rose" it had a direct relationship to an actual literature that would no longer be true. The areas following romanticism, notably the modern era, used the word rose to refer to the actual through the use of the word, the archetypical elements of the romantics era. It also follows the rhetoric law of thrice fold repetition..."

SOFA Chicago Lecture Series at Navy Pier Festival Hall

9:30am - 10:30 am, room 327

Fiber artists Jan Hopkins and Leslye Richmond
discuss their innovative use of materials and
process to create alternative forms and surfaces.

Presented by Surface Design Journal
Represented by Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1 comment:

Kari L√łnning said...

Oh, but this rose form is EXQUISITE! Jan, I wish more people could see your work! and how wonderful for Chris and the tribute painting!