Terry Boyd is a multi-platform artist whose works encompass performance, pattern, and fiber art. His staged performances use a compound bow to shoot a yarn-tethered arrow back and forth through a stretched canvas, as if it were a needle and thread, to magnify the process of sewing to a scale at which it becomes dangerous. This method of sewing tears apart gallery walls and disintegrates the fabric, breaking the mending and healing metaphor of sewing.
For his current series of work, Boyd digitizes hand-drawn line works through a custom program, pixelating the image beyond recognition. An embroidery software translates the image into a complex, thread-based object. The results are beautiful, impromptu abstractions that are systematically made by a logic-based machine and human error. These interminable lines of thread provide a conduit for introspection. Describing the process, Boyd says that he tries to push his machines towards manifesting emotional rawness, that is, "I am trying to teach a logic-based machine how to think like a painter."
TERRY BOYD | "Did I Do Something Specific (I Didn't Respond)" (2016) | Oil paint on embroidered canvas | 22 x 36 in | Sold
TERRY BOYD | "With So Much of Everything, How Did We Leave With Nothing?" (2016) | 1.7 miles of poly thread on linen with maple stretcher-bar frame | 24 x 24 in frame
TERRY BOYD | "I Can't Love You This Much" (2016) | Rayon thread, poly thread, cotton thread on linen | 34 x 24 in
TERRY BOYD | "Insufficient Data for Meaningful Answer" (2016) | Cotton thread, rayon thread, poly thread on linen | 12 x 9 in
TERRY BOYD | Breathing Sequences (2016) | Cotton thread, rayon thread, poly thread on linen | 12 x 16 in