The Coos Art Museum New Focus exhibit opens tonight in Coos Bay Oregon. New Focus is one of three quilted art exhibits going on simultaneously at the Coos Museum; the other two are Icons & Imagery, an exhibit of European Quilt art initiated by the Studio Art Quilt Association, and Stitch, contemporary work from five Oregon textile artists. The museum is spacious and has a number of galleries, so three exhibits, even large ones, can inhabit it simultaneously.
My piece is one of 50 invitationals in the New Focus exhibit. Each piece is mounted on 16 x 16″ canvas, which pulls the diverse art of the individual pieces into a unified whole. These small pieces (mine is 12 x 12″) presented me with a real challenge. I never thought small was my strength. In an earlier post, I showed one of the small pieces that I decided not to use, so today, with the exhibit opening tonight, it only seems right to show the one that I finally sent.
The High Note is 12 inches x 12 inches, and is composed of two layers. The underlayer is a conventionally quilted computer-printed photograph on silk of a part of a painting I did in my Basin, Montana oils. The overlayer is a hand-dyed sheer, sewn on the top and left side at the edges of the piece, computer printed with the image of birds in a tree.
Here’s another view with the sheer pulled up so the underside is visible:
It was fun to work in this size and with this kind of challenge. Transferring across media, from oil to textile and photography to sheer, gave me a thrill. I’m fascinated with what can and can’t work in these kinds of cross-fertilizations.
I won’t be able to get to Coos Bay this year, but if you can get there, the Museum is the place to get to.