Was the first shelter a tree? An outcropping of rock, to huddle against for protection from sun or rain? Or was it the discovery of an opening in a wall of rock, leading to a cool, dark cave? Imagine the relief of finding a covered, protected hole, away from the beating rays of the sun. Privacy. Safety. Shelter.
I had so many ideas as I explored the concept of shelter, and the one I'd *planned* on doing involved the concept of "animal shelter." We are heavily involved with our local animal shelter and all of our pets have been shelter-rescue animals, so the subject is dear to my heart. But even as I drew sketches and starting working on the dog that I'd planned to feature, I kept coming back to this cave idea. And so I just had to put the dog away, and work on this.
My stash of batiks allowed me to find an array of values, colors and textures I liked for the rock. I sewed this by folding strips and laying them on top of each other, sewing them down in a very unstructured log-cabin sort of style. In person, the flaps have a fair amount of texture and a bit of dimension that I really like for this concept.
Here is a detail shot, where you can see the overlapping strips better.
When I showed this to my art workshop group recently, half of them saw this as standing outside a lit cave at night, looking into the warmth of shelter inside, and the other half saw this as being inside the cave, out of the sun, with the rays streaming in. That last perspective (being in the cave looking out) was the one I was thinking of when I made this, but I like that it has that ambiguity. Which did you see when you looked at this?