Susan Slesinger – Decay
Wonky Barn III
I have been taking photographs of a dilapidated barn in St. Catherine de Hatley, Quebec, over a period of about fifteen years. During this time, the barn has undergone a number of stages of decay. Firstly much of the wood got weathered and some of the wood shrank leaving small gaps in the main doors. The roof has developed a beautiful rust coloured patina. Next some of the planks were replaced. The owner must of gotten tired of replacing wood, as a few pieces of metal were nailed over areas of damage for a quick fix. This February, there were much larger areas of the side wall of the barn covered with metal sheets, and there were a few open areas where the wooden planks had fallen out and one could see into the blackness of the barn although only a few straws of hay showed through, indication the emptiness within. Meantime, a small, brand new structure with a bright red door appeared at the base of the barn, providing a stark contrast with the old barn, and the dilapidated shed adjacent to the barn.
This is the third small study that I have made of the barn. (You can see the second study at https://fifteenquilts.com/artist-gallery-current-members/susan-slesinger/susan-slesinger-2015/susan-slesinger-entrance-wonky-barn-door-barn-study-ii/ ) I chose to depict the side of the barn as it has suffered the most damage, and the openings let the imagination run wild.
Techniques: Foundation string piecing. raw edge applique, photo printing, machine quilting
Materials: Commercially printed cotton fabrics, cotton batik fabrics, hand painted fabrics, digitally printed cotton fabrics, recycled home dec fabrics, 100% cotton batting, 2ply cotton thread, Wonderfil Invisifil© polyester thread. Wonderfil Glamore© Rayon and metallic thread, Wonderfil Spaghetti 12 weight cotton thread, Wonderfil Tutti cotton thread.
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