Saturday, October 07, 2006

An Exhibition

On Thursday between doing various errands, working on my Poetry Thursday post, and playing corporate employee at at tax seminar, I managed to fit in a visit to an exhibition by two local artists. Sue Spigel is a quiltmaker and Galina Kim is a painter in acrylics, heavily influenced by the tradition of icon painting. Recently they have been working in collaboration. Some of their works are separate works, some include panels of acrylics on canvas alongside quilted panels, and more recently Sue has been sewing the painted canvases into her quilts.

The current exhibition is called "On Pilgrimage". It results from a trip that Galina made to the Holy Land. Here are just a few of the works in the exhibition.

The quilt at the back is "Journeying Cloak for a Pilgrim" and the painting is "To St. Sabba"

The fish is painted on the fabric and black lines of machine quilting simulate a mosaic effect.

This piece is "The Burning Bush". Each of these two works have two panels of acrylic on canvas flanked by a quilted panel on each side. Sue uses a lot of printing, painting and stamping on fabric as well as some machine piecing. She has been working since the early days of quilting in New Zealand and I have seen her work grow from traditional piecing to a much more "arty" style. I didn't get many detail shots of the work, but these pieces really repay a close look. Some of the printing is of texts in different languages - Hebrew, Greek, English, Latin etc. There was a big controversy recently because she made an altar cloth for the Anglican cathedral here (a commissioned work) and it included a Sanskrit text, which some people objected to. In the end I believe a compromise was reached which allows the cloth to be used on certain occasions.


Anonymous said...

Hello, Michele sent me.

Very interesting pieces. It's nice to see two mediums brought together so nicely. Very often it feels forced or unintentional. These seem to be well coordinated - they feed off each other.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

They look beautiful, Catherine; thank you for posting them.

Michele sent me this way.

-E said...

Now I am visiting you through Michele. That looks like it was an interesting exhibit. I always love to see mediums mixed to create even more innovative art.

Deb R said...

Wow, I like those a LOT!

BlondeBrony said...

I love all the colours.

Shephard said...

These are stunning. I've honestly never seen anything like them so it's a new quilting artform for my eyes. My favorite is the fish one, as I love mosaics.

Michele says hello!

~S :)

Anonymous said...

Here from Micheles
Beautiful, I used to make crazy quilts to show off my embroidery but haven't done any in years. Too busy with everything else I suppose!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Lovely Art.

Here via Michele's to say hello and happy weekend.

Kay Cooke said...

Stunning work - very clever. I like that it was a double exhibition - I guess it added another dimension to each artist's work.
Love the colours - apt somehow for the subject.

Tracie Nall said...

Wow! These are really amazing!
I have never seen anything quite like them.
Michele sent me.