Tabitha Klucking

klucking@fairpoint.net

I am an artist in a discovery phase.  I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t creating and captivated by art, but I have only recently begun to focus fully on my own art and finding my creative style.  I can feel that voice emerging, but I’m still experimenting with different media, styles, techniques and subject matter as I bring that voice forward.

Currently, I’m working primarily with paper mache’ sculpture and textiles.  My paper mache’ is worked from a form.  I prefer to work with a form that already holds meaning for me and to create from that, rather than starting with blank air.  I’ve been working with Barbie dolls and a mannequin that I’ve named Anne Marie.  Using the form of what our culture considers to be the ideal woman, an impossible to achieve shape, as my own symbol of power appeals to me.  Aging, sexuality, and the feminine are subjects of personal interest to me. I am able to express my thoughts on these through my paper mache’ sculpture. I like to explore the idea that I am all of my experiences, that I have many facets, and that all these parts of me are both necessary and my source of strength.

In my textile art I’ve been working with rust and natural dyes.  These materials are defiant, they have an energy of their own and can only be controlled to a certain extent.  I think I see a bit of myself in this process and I like to work with these naturally created designs by adding machine and hand stitching, beads, metals, and other mixed media.

I’m finding that I’m very tactile in my art.  The surface feel of a piece, even the hollow sound of a finished paper mache’ sculpture, are as much a part of the piece as it’s physical appearance. When I gently form a piece of wet paper over a shape or add to the texture of a piece of cloth with closely stitched thread, I feel that I am adding my energy and voice to the existing energy of the object and creating a story.

I continue to explore new processes-I enjoy it too much not to do so.  I’m excited about the changes in my art and creative voice that emerge ahead as I learn more.

Fruitloops

cotton fabric, thread, copper, 24″x12″

Forty-nine

paper mache, rayon thread, acrylic, wax, 36″x24″

Forty-nine

paper mache, rayon thread, acrylic, wax, 36″x24″