The show is about American art, quilting, iconography and my own experience of each. I have been working for 10 years to understand and implement quilts as fine art. This will be a show of images I have grown up with as the foundation of American Art meshed with the ideas of quilting I have been working with. There are 10 pieces that illustrate my work with used clothing and fabric within the language of quilts to re-contextualize these art icons and bring both quilting and fine art to a collision that is visually accessible to a wide cross section of viewers and thinkers.
The show will run from the 23rd of March till the 21st of May with the opening on the 13th at Eli Alexander Gallery Located 15 East 27th Street New York, NY 10016.
This show will be the culmination of the past 10 years of my work. Through work in Art and Architecture around the country I have developed the ideas and skills that will go into making and promoting this show. I decided to produce the show myself in order that I can show the works in a way that they sit the best and I can bring them to the attentions of those in my networks.
It will be a collision of the pieces of my work and history; a collision of what is deemed “fine art” and what is deemed “craft”. The intention is to work on elevating the response to quilting in the public eye to one of more merit within the world of exhibiting art and fine object making.
I am taking known iconography and making quits of it in my own way so its a re-contextualizing of the imagery through the use of fabrics and quilting techniques, Giving the viewer a visual entry point while allowing them to understand quilting and textile art more.
I have work in the permanent collection of the Newark Museum, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters and the lobby of Duke University to name a few. [For more shows, press and collections view my C.V.] This will be a chance for me to bring to New York my latest exhibition and show it to my contacts in design, the fine arts and sewing.
I have a marketing team I work with, and we will work hard to make this show wildly viewed. I have friends who work with some of the largest sewing networks and craft sites that are excited to help me promote this show and tell their members about it. It is and has been my goal to make my work bridge gaps. I want to bridge the gap between Art and Craft as well as between function and aesthetic. This show will be a way for people and curators to see that in these pieces.