There and back again

Those of you who frequent this blog have probably figured out that my absences are either the dreaded “health issues” or happier grandkid excursions. Fortunately, the past ten days were spent journeying to and from St Louis, with only a minor cold or two thrown into the mix.

Our travels included a stop at the 108 Contemporary in Tulsa to see a combined exhibit by Jane Dunnewold and Mary Fisher.

Don and I were both taken by Jane’s repurposing of quilt fragments, the backs of which were spackled (!), then embellished with stenciled paint …

Or with pencilled graphite lines …

which drew us in for a closer look …

Likewise, Mary Fisher’s work was intriguing, especially these forms …

which called out to be recorded in video …

Not a bad way to break up a 900 mile road trip.

8 thoughts on “There and back again

    1. Mo – exactly … to very good effect! Now I’m regretting that I didn’t rescue a very ragged quilt top from the thrift store some time back. Next time I’ll know what to do.

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  1. takes balls, for sure. reminds me a bit of Rauschenberg’s works. The hanging ones are intriguing, to my mind, for being kind of gross. If you saw one of those floating near a culvert, for instance, I doubt you’d touch it. Inverted the idea of art being ‘pretty’?

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    1. In Jane’s pieces I liked the idea of reinforcing cloth that is otherwise disintegrating … and of toning down the sometimes off-putting colors of 20th century quilt tops.

      As for Mary’s hanging pieces, for sure not something I’d want to live with. But I viewed them in the context of her experiences with AIDS and cancer … causing me to consider what remains after life-threatening illnesses and the treatments they necessitate.

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    1. Hazel – indeed … I’ve been thinking about trying gesso and Inktense pencils next time I come across some un-quilted patchwork at the thrift store

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  2. LA – I never cease to be amazed by the creativity of other artists. I would not have even thought to take the steps to do the work that adds other new dimensions to existing, worn or discarded pieces. B

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