TARPESTRY, The Book

In addition to making the tarpestries, and hanging them in their eponymous exhibition, I have put together a photo book which tells the story of their evolution.

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My friend Peggy Jo, one of my Existential Cheerleaders, got me started doing “documentation” of my process.

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As an artist in the middle of creating new work it’s almost impossible to be your own witness. To intellectually understand the “whys” of what you are producing.

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So I went back to the beginning — the creation of the Treefort Tarps Picadas.

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I wrote about the “hows.” How I answered the question of what to create for the installation, and how I actually got them made.

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I wrote about the “wheres” and “how’s” of the installation itself, (which I could never have done without the help of Sue Latta, and Mike).

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And then about the crazy windstorm which whipped it all apart.

The evolution of the Tarpestries really began when the Tarps Picadas came down, and with 20/20 hindsight I was able to write about how that unfolded.

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I write about what makes something an art form, and touch on the idea that tarpestries are in fact a new art form.

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There are lots of photos of the tarpestries in the current exhibition.

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And I wind things up with some questions. Things I think about, and things I wonder what other people, like you, think about — all relating to making art, and also specifically to the making of the tarpestries.

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I framed screen shots of the book’s pages and have hung them in the current exhibition.

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The book itself will also be available for purchase for $25. If you’re interested in buying a copy, just contact me through my website MelissaSasiChambers.com and I’ll hook you up.

Meanwhile, the best way to see the Tarpestries is up close and personal, and so I really hope to see you at the reception tomorrow — 4:30 to 6:30. Y’all come!