Tuesday, May 30, 2017
I have donated "Sonata 9" to this year's SAQA Auction to support their exhibition and outreach programs. The online 2017 Benefit Auction will take place from September 15 through October 8. The Auction will kick-off at 2pm ET on September 15 with Diamond Day bidding. Last year's Auction raised almost $80,000.
I have been a member since 2008 and find it to be a very supportive organization for art quilt artists. I have made friends, and learned much about navigating many facets of the art world through programs offered by SAQA. I highly recommend joining!
Learn more about the Auction here. More about my Sonata series here.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
I am happy to report that "Embryo" has a new home. Many thanks to the new owners. May the quilt bring years of enjoyment.
You can see more in my brushwork series here.
A post script to my last blog post about Threads of Resistance- Though my work was not juried into the traveling exhibition (59 were chosen out of 500+ entries), you can see my quilts with all other artwork entries on the Threads of Resistance site, under theme "Other" This is highly unusual to show all entered artwork for a juried exhibit. The Artist Circle Alliance curators stated: "We believe that it’s important for all of these artworks to be seen regardless of whether or not we were able to include them in the traveling exhibit and so we created this website to give every artist who submitted work an opportunity to have their artwork seen and their voice heard." Thank you, Artist Circle Alliance!
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard.
~ Rebecca Solnit
~ Rebecca Solnit
I have, for the most part, been enjoying the quiet focus of art making. Here is what I've been up to...
I wanted to add my voice to the call for Threads of Resistance, an exhibition of work created to protest the current administration’s actions and policies. As an artist I choose to express my concerns through my work by showing what I support. Over the months, the word “kindness” kept bubbling up in my consciousness. It became a gentle reminder to slow down when challenges surfaced. Kindness is needed at this time, for us and for the earth. Kindness became the starting point for this piece.
I used similar techniques to my Sonata series with ink work, applique, and lots of hand stitching.
With "Kindness" completed, I still had about 10 days before the entry deadline. I decided to make one more quilt. It was a very focused and purposeful week! The process was smoother than with the first quilt (no critic acting up).
The idea for "Respect" is linked to the basic tenet of the Women’s March on Washington: Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. I feel the same could be applied to respect, that all beings deserve equal consideration. May we meet each other with mutual respect.
Both quilts are entered. I accomplished what I set out to do by choosing not to be silent, and I am happy with the effort, regardless if the work is chosen. Now it is up to the jurors. I just learned that there were over 500 entries! This was an avenue for many voices to share their concerns. It is going to be an interesting show.
More words by Rebecca Solnit from her essay A Short History of Silence: "Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words."