This summer I devoted myself completely to quilting, the results are below in these 6 pieces. I have reflected a great deal on my work, and its direction. In my new artists statement you, dear reader, will find many of the topics I have explored in previous posts, especially on the topic of memory:
In my work, I create a scaffolding of fabric, piecing, and quilting that allows me to reference many ideas on a single plane. The raw materials are textiles from domestic culture, fashion, family heirlooms, and scavenged prints. I integrate them with fabrics that I have embroidered, stained, dyed, or designed. This cloth is then beset with hand stitches, evocative of the slow process involved in construction. When composing these elements into a quilt I rarely adhere to a set pattern, relying instead on improvisation. At times remindful of color-field painting, I often begin my work with an idea, feeling, or place. I yearn to reconstruct my world employing aerial views, photographic documentation, and artifacts- all the while aware that my goal is far more complex than the visual of a single point in time. The moments I choose to replicate are unique to me, and simultaneously innumerable in the lives of others. Like so many women before her, my maternal grandmother planned a collaborative quilt to celebrate my birth, and introduced me to the art of quilting. My work continues a family tradition, but congruently incorporates new information from varied quilting traditions, and my multidisciplinary training in art. Often inspired by painters, I feel an artistic connection with Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu, Cy Twombly, Agnes Martin, Wiliam Kentridge, El Anatsui, Do Ho Suh, the quilts of Gee’s Bend, and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi.
|Beginners, 64x61' September 2014|
|Ice Cream, 56x58" September 2014|
|City Landscape, 58x61" August 2014|
|Ocean, 59x59" August 2014|
|The Beach, 63x56" July 2014|
|Places Unfold, 59x59" June 2014|
Cotton thread. This is the most time consuming quilt I have made to date, easily logging over 80 hours of work. I conceived the piece on the theme of wanderlust, as I was living in Naperville, and preparing to move. These 36 equal squares each represent and aspect of travel, discovery, my personal history, and wandering. The map in the top row is an accurate map of the Arc de Triomphe, while the maps on the right depicted my childhood subdivision, and current home at the time. There are views from above looking down at the Earth, and views looking skyward. Many squares show wandering in various levels of order and disorder. Others diagram umbrellas at the beach, 6 lane highways, American cities and European cities, oceans, lakes, and rivers. It is about the feeling of being on this planet, moving about the expanse of the Earth, and observing the wonders that exist at every turn.
|The back of "Places Unfold"|