Colorscapes is a body of work rooted in the philosophy of sourcing responsibly first, altering second. I hand-dye donated and/or repurposed textiles and source only raw or donated materials to weave and machine knit into new materials to compose with. I intuitively edit these materials down into color palettes that will become small to large scale compositions. These compositions become tactile color cards for the viewer or client to interact with more intimately through encouraged touching, looking, and listening. Hand-stitching, which has become a daily practice of active healing, especially while in quarantine, binds all the materials together. I have found healing in the meditative repetition of stitching coupled with the joy of improvisational mark-making. The evidence of the hand is omnipresent in each piece, no matter the scale. Because I am sourcing used or readymade textiles or am hand-making them myself, they are imbued with a new kind of physical intelligence coupled with their own unique patinas. I believe these added layers help contextualize the new visual vocabularies created. I am ultimately trying to ask questions about the world around me and assess what my place is in it through the abstraction of form, color, and texture.
[ BIO ]
Tess Murdoch is a multi-disciplinary artist and colorist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on research-based as well as intuitive methods of healing through the processes of hand-dyeing, weaving, embroidery, and machine knitting. She believes in championing localized circular economies and thus sources only donated or repurposed textiles, yarns, and media to work with. Tess has been told by several viewers of her work that her pieces act as mirrors for them, reflecting certain truths, and those are reactions she never could have planned for. Encouraging a sensorial dialogue between a viewer and her work further activates it; she hopes to continue to explore that activation through more realms of design, collaboration, and color psychology.