Fiber artist Irene Roderick, who has two art quilts in Schweinfurth’s “Quilts = Art = Quilts 2022” exhibition, has created a series of “Guardian” quilts to keep her company over the years of Covid-19 isolation.
“Even after the world started opening up, I was hesitant to interact with others because I wasn’t sure I remembered how to talk to people,” said the Austin, TX, resident. “It took me a while to decide whether I could go to the grocery store or the mall. When I finally did, I was reminded how much I love seeing others and talking. Interacting with other buyers or sellers makes me very happy. ”
Two of Roderick’s quilts, “The Nanny” and “Twitter,” both depict conversations. He said: “I want everyone to remember the joy of close and friendly interactions. “I want the audience to imagine what the communication between the ‘figures’ in my work is about. Are they old friends bumping into each other on the street? Do they gossip? Are they planning for a party?”
Roderick is one of 64 artists from around the world whose quilts were selected to participate in “Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022” at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY. The exhibition includes 69 quilts created by artists from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England and Norway. The show was judged by renowned fiber artists Sheila Frampton Cooper, Jacquie Gering, and Ana Lisa Hedstrom, and will be on display until January 8, 2023.
Communication is key for fiber artist and retired scientist Stephanie Shore of Lexington, MA. He often seeks to express or evoke emotions in his works of art. In “Summer Storm,” he focused on the movement of trees and leaves as an afternoon storm passes through the summer sky.
He credits his 40 years of research into lung disease as influencing his work. “There’s a lot of detailed, analytical detail involved in science, and I think I gravitate to that kind of work when I make my textile pieces,” Shore said. “I think it fits the way my brain is wired.”
Making his paintings is a long process. He starts by cutting large pieces of construction paper into curves, then runs them along his design wall until he gets the arrangement he likes. Next she will trace the shapes and cut a solid color fabric to make what she calls an underquilt. Next, she gathered the fusible interfacing, cut it into pieces, and placed it on top of the underquilt, creating a change in color quality.
Other sections in “Quilts=Art=Quilts” address the topic of discussion directly. Russ Little of College Park, MD, said his art quilt in the show, “Mindful Scribbling #2,” is based on a series of drawings made when his life was emotionally and physically difficult, shutting down his abilities. they make art for almost. year.
“When I got back into the studio, I was able to produce lyrics at first,” Little said in his artist statement. “#2 includes the machine embroidery of my original sewing files. Many of the embroidery are written in plain text, leaving the viewer to guess the meaning of these apparently random designs. like this.”
San Diego artist Viviana Lombrozo has been working on a series of artistic quilts that focus on the fact that the words “textile” and “textile” come from the same Latin root, “texere,” which means to weave. .
“It makes me happy that words and fabric have drawn inspiration and meaning from each other over the centuries,” said Lombrozo. “By weaving with words and telling a story with fabrics, I bind the text to the fabric to create a new story.”
Her piece on the quilt, “Unspoken Thoughts,” uses text and text as a means of making symbols. “In this piece in particular, I’m exploring the border between thought and language – the place where elements appear without being easy for others, or perhaps for us,” he said.
New York State artists included in the exhibit are:
Ellen M. Blalock of Syracuse, NY
Carol Boyer of Syracuse, NY
Barbara Danzi of New York, NY
Victoria Findlay Wolfe of New York, NY
Julia Graziano of Manlius, NY
Pat Pauly of Rochester, NY
“Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022” opens from 4 to 6 pm Oct. 29, 2022, and runs through January 8, 2023. The exhibit is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Davis Family Trust, and WRVO Public. The media. For more information, visit our website at myartcenter.org.
If you go…
WHAT: “Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022” exhibition.
ALSO SHOWING: “Emotional Constructs,” a solo show by fiber artist Judy Kirpich
WHERE: Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY
WHEN: October 29, 2022, to Jan. 8, 2023
OPENING: 4 to 6 pm Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
HOURS: 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm on Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: myartcenter.org