In 2004, I created the installation “Pallai: Digitally Weaving Culture.” Conceptually, I took the space of the walls and treated it as if it were a weaving. The artwork and interactive installations were placed in the central portion of the walls, the pallai.
The pallai of a textile is the area that is decorated, in contrast to the llana which is a plain weave and not decorated. The pallai contains the meaning of the textiles. During the time of the Incas the pallai was decorated with rectangular shapes. But the pallai can also be decorated with animals, fantastic beings, as well as images of everyday life, even political content.
On the left is one of the three steel, 8' by 4' by 2', installations. The blue woven effect is created by patina and brushed metal. On the left are the shadows created by the side, steel punched designs. Steel work was created by Jeffery Spakes.In the monitor, on the image above, is the art game "Quatro." You can experiment with it by clicking on the link.
The wall below is 14' by 8'. There is a combination of Potolo inspired collages on canvas and recycled, aluminum castings. On the bottom is a stenciled Kallwaya weaving pattern. All of these elements are hung forming a pallai, a band in the middle of the wall. Since the wall is eight feet high, the works are hung at four feet from the top and bottom of the wall mimicking a traditional pallai. The placement of the works are intended to reflect the Andean sense of space.
Corners: Painting Series
In clusters of one, two, three and four are mixed media square canvases incorporating digital media, along with acrylics and hand made papers. The designs are inspired by Incan weavings.