Meditation on the Inchworm


Meditation on the Inchworm

Fiber Wall Art
by Karen Schuman

Quilted batik, Embroidery, Acrylic Paint, Fabric Applique’
42″H, 32″W, 1 1/2″D

I find that, contained in this tiny creature, the universal force of expansion and contraction is expressed so eloquently.  The impetus of movement.  The breath.  The expansion moves into a contraction, and the contraction moves into the expansion.  The two opposites become the same.  When I reach this paradox, it is the closest to truth I can get.  I borrow the energy; let it animate through me to pull my deviant body back into alignment with the matrix.





“Wisdom is offered to me through shamanic training and world traveling is my inspiration. Making art pieces on concepts such as ‘forgiveness’ or ‘balance’ is my study of relationships with life. 

As I work my pieces, I can meditate on the aspects of the concept and work these perceptions into the construction for an evolving understanding of the original concept. I work with many materials; from hand-dyeing fabrics to painting, sewing, beading, collage.  

As I cultivate a piece, concepts develop further into the abstract, to ultimately create a story that is personal to me, but still open to free interpretation.”


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