Diptych Decay © Jill Kerttula

Diptych Decay © Jill Kerttula



Artist Statement: Finding beauty in the mundane or even the decaying. There is a building by my home that is slowing being reclaimed by the elements. The construction was never completed for some reason, and it now slowly is degrading. Watching the nails, fiberboard, plywood, Tyvek papers and such slowly evolve has been fascinating. What was once “stitched together” is slowly becoming unstitched.

This piece is made from two macro photos that I took on the site: Rusty nails and shredding paper. I have stitched them to each other, and added nails found on the site as embellishments. My stitches are informed and influenced by the various textures at the site.

Size: 31″ x 27″

Materials: Custom fabrics and commercial fabrics, original photography, thread, found objects. Dryer lint

Techniques: Hand and machine stitching, beading, couching, raw edge applique, piecing. 


Diptych Decay (detail) © Jill Kerttula

Diptych Decay (detail) © Jill Kerttula



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