Artist of the Month - Theresa BayacaArtist Reception: April 12th, 2014 | 4-7:00pm
Here in Stockton on the Bayaca Family farm is where my journey as a plant and fiber artist began. Surrounded by objects of nature, I was inspired to draw at an early age. Some of my first drawings were etched with a stick on the ground by the irrigation ditch, or onto the surface of a squash or mel-on. As the fruit grew, the drawing grew and the changes were fascinating. Minute etchings on small fruit became magnified as the fruit matured. From this, I began to observe detail in structure.
The farm environment provided plants and fibers for endless art pro-jects. Drawings included color, fibers included dyes, and eventually led to the process of batik. Through the years, I have had the pleasure of refining my techniques, bother in dyeing fabric and sewing to create unique and original art clothing and fine art batik.
BATIK is an ancient art, evidenced in first-century Egyptian tombs. Through time, batik spread throughout the world. Remnants of batik art have been found in the Middle East, India, Central Asia and Africa. Today it is a highly accomplished art form in different parts of the world especially Asia.
"Batik" originates from the Indonesian word, "ambatik" referring to "dots" or spots of wax on cloth dipped into dye. The process involves a series of wax designs and dyes on cloth. It is work intensive, but the result is worth the effort.
The ancient art of batik is a joyful journey of fiber and color. It gives definition to my art as a Plant & Fiber Artist. As a member of the Stockton Art League, my work is displayed at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery in Stockton. Previous to that I exhibited in the Tidewater Gallery in downtown Stockton.
Each piece on display is original and recent.