Readers' Gallery: An abstract view of the world
By: Linda Rae Coughlin
Amaryllis in a Pink Vase, 15 1⁄2" x 30 1⁄2", #8-cut hand-dyed wool on linen backing. Designed and hooked by Francine Even, Norwalk, Connecticut, 2016. This piece is included in “The Power of Color” show at the Kershner Gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Being “in the moment” is how many would describe Francine Even and her hooked art. Through her contemporary hooking techniques, she explores what she sees. Her inspiration might be a fishing village, a flower, or even the sun, but her hooked art comes out in a linear abstract form, full of vivid colors. Shapes, hues, and concepts are important to her when creating, more so than creating a simple image or a photographic realistic representation. She is simply guided by what she likes—which can change daily. She finds inspiration in the simplicity and depth of the world she observes.
Her artwork is influenced by just about anything: from looking through art books of her favorite artists, to gallery or museum visits, to seeing the different greens of trees while driving (and wondering how the diverse values work together), to observing buildings, roads, and bridges. She also admires all the great work shown in RHM, RHM’s published books, and Celebration.
Linda Rae Coughlin lives in Warren, New Jersey, where she creates feminist fiber/hooked art from recycled clothing and materials. She exhibits her work internationally; she teaches and lectures on creativity; and she is the author of Contemporary Hooked Rugs: Themes and Memories and Modern Hooked Rugs. Visit www.theartrugs.com.
This article is from the March/April/May 2017 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.