art comes in a whole host of shapes, sizes, forms and textures. some so small that you need a magnifying glass to look at it and some so large that you really need to step back to take in the beauty of it.
and then there are a few that are so life-like that you struggle to come to terms with the emotions of the piece.
take ruth miller for example – an artist who combined her love for art and needlework to create a form of embroidery art that is so real life-like that you are instantly transported into the world of the protagonist. you feel the pain, the joy, the serenity that emanates from the very fabric of the art.
ruth creates her embroidery art using paternayan 100% wool tapestry yarns and linen as the backing fabric because its threads are stronger and less likely to suffer distortion of shape caused by the addition of embroidered yarns.
on trying to understand why ruth creates what she creates, one particular paragraph on her website caught our eye. it was in the section of why she creates realistic portraits.
and she says,ruth miller
“when others interact with me, those interactions shine a light, not only on who they are but, by my reactions to them, i see who i am. and, if i don’t like what i see, there’s a choice, an opportunity, to become different. we need help to see ourselves and others clearly: help from literature, psychoanalysis, astrology, religion, wise elders, good friends, nosey neighbors and, of course, from visual art. artists are always noticing things and telling folks what they see. depth of understanding is my goal. i want to know what’s real externally (hence my concern with realism) as well as internally and my fingers help my eyes understand.”
it’s sentiments like this that take us deeper into the works of art. we give it a second look and even a third. we let it enter our souls and in the bargain discover a side of ourselves we never thought existed.
here are a few of ruth miller’s embroidery art pieces that caught our eye. you can follow her work on her website.