This year I was especially interested in discovering why or by what the artist was inspired. I much prefer it when I can see what the artist is saying she or he is making visible in the piece.
Their statements for the most part were meaningful, and added to my understanding of the purpose of the quilt for the artist (from their perspective). What the artist wrote about in their statement that she/he wanted to say or project, was visible in their wall art.
It was interesting to see how the artist made the leap from a mental cognition to the fiber visual.
There is no right or wrong of course, but sometimes I just don't get the connection.
It seemed to me in this exhibit that their statements fit the quilt, even when one or the other was quite abstract. So what changed I wondered, me or the artist's statements?
Here you can view http://www.quiltvisions.org/visionsarchives.html quilts from past Visions exhibits. 2004 and 2006 show all of them.
This http://www.quiltvisions.org/v2006/v2006.html was one of my favorites in 2006, Cosmic Bicycles. Also "Primitive Door Series #30, Haunted House" was realistic looking and another favorite. Click on See All Quilts slideshow to view it.
I just came across an interesting article from an Australian magazine about a woman economist who found a connection to weaving, quilts, darning and photography. the article doesn't have pictures unfortunately, so it's a bit hard to visualize what she is referring to at times. But it fits with this post in my mind. See http://tinyurl.com/46kotc
Maybe some of my Australian friends and subscribers could post a comment on this with a link to visuals? it would be most appreciated.
I hope your Holidays are filled with love for you this season.