SAQA’s Color Wheel of Emotions exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival

November 8, 2013
I have been researching different techniques and styles of fiber portraiture of late. There is wide variation among artists when it comes to portraits, whether they be of humans or animals. This is one of the things I appreciate about art – artists see things through their own eyes, filtered by their experience, training and education (formal and informal), colors they are drawn to, techniques they enjoy using in their work, and a myriad of other things that make up the mystery of their art. It is enough to appreciate the differences and come away with some inspiration for taking up my own work.
On the recommendation of the woman who appraised one of my quilted pet portraits, I joined SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) this past summer. There is huge variation in style among its members, ranging from very abstract to very realistic fiber art. I especially enjoyed seeing SAQA’s Color Wheel of Emotions exhibit at Pacific International Quilt Festival this year.
There was the amazing infusion of light in the landscape “Into the Light” by Judy A. Momenzadeh. The rich textures and almost a sense of one picture overlying another. Then, there was “Lost Moon #4: Remembering Winter” by Elizabeth I. Sylvan. A predominantly blue study of a nude sitting under moonlit winter bare trees. It appears that dawn is chasing the night away, but the stars still hold sway overhead. Flowers and vines twine in the foreground. As dawn dims night, spring erases winter. And finally, there is “Chavela” by Cecilia Gonzalez Desedamas. Shades of intense red, a color I rarely use in my work, but intriguing in the work of this artist as are the textures and threadwork. These pieces are very different from one another to my eye, but fascinating just the same.  Click here if you’re interested in seeing the quilts from this exhibit.

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