Artist’s Statement: My work explores the interconnections between nature and culture through the use of geological, biological and historical patterns. For instance, “Doorway/Desert Garden" (see below) combines shapes of the human body with shapes of the earth, while the "River Dragon" (see below) pillow reflects dragon mythology and geology.
"Doorway/Desert Garden" (NFS)
"River Dragon" pillow (NFS)
Airplane travel and geology classes sparked my interest in aerial landscapes. The shapes and colors of plants are a continual inspiration. I use acrylic paint to color the fabric and build dimensional surfaces from layers of quilt batting.Hand quilting and embroidery are exercises in meditation as rows of stitches become my own tracks progressing across a metaphorical world. In stitching I respond not only to painted patterns but also follow paint drips and creases in the fabric, treating these as elements of a natural/cultural landscape.
Art shown in:
fiber content iii, a juried exhibit at Framations Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri. Sept 4 - Oct 8, 2015
Designated Areas juried exhibition presented by Muddy River Arts and
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. St. Louis, Missouri. January 9 – March 1, 2015. Constructed Visions Sculpture and Fine Craft Exhibition (juried)
at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. September 12 - October 26, 2014.
Summer Regional Exhibition(juried) at the St. Louis Artists' Guild. June 13 - August 10, 2014.
fiber content ii, a juried exhibit at Framations Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri. September 6 - October 17, 2013.
Speaking of Fibers 2013, a juried exhibition of Missouri Fiber Artists, at St. Louis University Museum of Art. August 23 - October 6, 2013.
Lay of the Land juried exhibition at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. August 24 - October 21, 2012.
Touching Fiber Arts (book) by Carol Ikard and Jacque Smith, 2012, Texas Museum of Fiber Arts.
Waterexhibit (invitational portion) at The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) in Nassau Bay, Texas.August 2008.
Houston Area Fiber Artists annual juried show at the Art Institute of Houston. July 2007.
Texas Museum of Fiber Arts juried exhibit at the Texas State Capitol in Austin. May 2007.
Side by Sidejuried show at TAACCL. September 2006.
Landscape, Seascape, Dreamscapeinvitational and juried show at TAACCL. February 2006.
TAACCLOpen Juried Exhibition. Summer 2005.
My Secret Gardenjuried quilt exhibit at the American Quilters’ Society Show, Paducah, Kentucky. 1996.
Invitational exhibits at the Jewish Community Center Association Gallery and J Café in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Mid-1990s.
A photo and description of “Amish Adaptation,” a commissioned quilt, appeared in the Summer 1988 issue of Country Quilts magazine.