About this piece:
In Different Ways is a visual narrative that brings together unrelated images from a variety of newspaper sources to illustrate the ways we receive and perceive visual images in our everyday lives. My personal drawings are added to fill in negative spaces, adding to the mystery of selected imagery within a predetermined format. The purpose today is to seek and present either a commonality or a contrast or both through juxtaposition of images. The stitch is my mark-making tool of choice because of the intimacy it presents in connecting the hand to the art. It is used to highlight and define shapes and areas as I move through the process of meditative embroidering.
Sources include a variety of newspapers from the New York Times to the Waco Tribune to the Baylor Lariat. Sometimes, an interesting flyer that captures my attention could be used.
paper, fabric, thread
About the artist:
Mary Ruth Smith is a practicing artist and a professor of art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her award winning fabric/textile work has been exhibited nationally all around the United States and internationally in Canada, Australia, Korea, England, Asia, Central America, South America and in several countries in Europe, most recently in “Scythia: Mini Textile Art 8th Biennial International Exhibition”, Kherson, Ukraine. She holds a PhD in Art Education from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Georgia.