Saturday, Sep 14, 2019 2:00p -
Belmont Public Library - Assembly Room
336 Concord Avenue
Belmont, MA 02478
Art, Date Idea, Food, Party
Melrose Artist, Agusta Agustsson and the Belmont Gallery of Art host a Reception for the BGA satellite show Plastic Sea, Changing Earth in the Assembly Room at the Library. This is a Satellite Show of the Belmont Gallery of Art and a companion show to IMPACT: Climate Change at the Gallery.
My fiber work is influenced by my work as a landscape artist. Almost every day when I take the time to look there is something poignantly beautiful to see. It might be the sun striking a cloud formation or the texture of leafless trees climbing a mountain. I don’t want to express a vista in my work, but rather show those clear, almost painful moments of sight. I want to evoke the natural world, not render it.
In the summer of 2017, I reached a turning point in my textile work. For a number of years, I played with the nine-patch block, exploring the poetry of the square. For a while it was enough to evoke sensations through the interplay of color, value and pattern. But, most of the creativity took place in the initial design stage. I wanted a way to use textiles more spontaneously, to experience surprise and wonder throughout a project.
I experimented with ways to make the end result less predictable. Concurrently, I was creating collages. I decided I needed to treat my textiles the same way I made my collages. It was time to take the risk of making an ugly work.
Working in a more spontaneous manner also allowed me to respond to an event such as the California wildfires or the impressions left by a walk in the woods. Sometimes I work just by putting pieces together, cutting and rearranging them. Other times I use a sketch or photograph as inspiration. With my new manner of working there are always surprises as the quilt top comes together. Each step of the process brings me joy.