My friend Becky loaned me the catalog to the Speaking in Cloth exhibit and with each chapter I was more and more impressed with one particular artist. If I ever have the chance to meet Tricia Hassler, I just might have to pull out my check book and buy one of her amazing pieces.
I'm hesistant to copy and paste pictures onto my blog and I'm not in the mood to request permission, so I hope you follow some of those links. Tricia's work is small. The largest of her pieces in the catalog is 37 x 33 , but most have one side in the 18 inch range. Ah, small. I am always drawn to small work -- even when it's published in a book and it looks like it's the same size as everything else. (I also loved the special exhibit of small beaded quilts in Houston. I've forgotten the name of that exhibit.) She also combines her fiber elements with steel. Genius. It's abstract, thoughtfully embellished and full of dimension.
Terry Grant has written a very thoughtful, interesting review of the exhibit. You can read it here. Terry is a great writer. The review is complete and full of unique turns of phrase and perspective. (Terry is also an amazing artist -- one of my favorite blogging art quilters.)
The fact that Tricia came through loud and clear as my personal favorite is just another example of how art is personal and everyone likes different stuff. And that's good. It also reminded me that looking at other artwork and thinking about why I like some things and not others helps focus my ideas about what kind of art I want to make. (Duh.)
The exhibit is built around the concept of six fiber artists sharing ideas about
The introduction to the book specifies that these concepts were developed from questions.
Why do you choose the language of fiber and thread to make your art?
Do you find yourself working with recurring themes over time?
Is there a visual voice that identifies your work?
What are your working processes?
What are the challenges and joys of making your art?
Does it matter if the quilt communicates a specific message to your viewers?
This all kind of makes me nod my head and think I should be more thoughtful. But, really ... at the moment, I think I'll just dig through my stash and make some new art. Small, of course.