Saturday, June 7, 2014

On and Off Our Walls

If you check the "What We Do" section of the main SAQA website, you'll find this about exhibits and exhibiting art quilts:

SAQA is dedicated to bringing beautiful, thought-provoking, cutting-edge artwork to venues across the United States and around the world. We also offer online galleries to display our member artwork and a yearly Benefit Auction. 

SAQA Western Canada member Karen Jurek of Calgary sent this note to me last week about her experience entering a piece in one of the newest exhibits, Radical Elements.  I think you'll agree that this work is definitely "beautiful, thought-provoking [and] cutting edge"!

Karen wrote:
I was honored to be selected to participate in Radical Elements which opened in Maryland [in May].  
I was in Alexandria for the SAQA conference a few weeks ago and we had a bus trip up to Maryland to see this unique show. 
It is the first exhibit since the new definition of ‘what is an art quilt? was released last year. The exhibitors were told to use as little or no fabric at all.
[The] exhibition catalogue includes artwork created by 40 artists.  Each selected [and] created a new work influenced by an element from the periodic table.  The artists were also asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials.
 I enjoyed working with only copper or copper like metals. My husband was a little ‘unsettled' when I got out the blowtorch and melted copper wire and flamed the sheet copper to give it more color.  Here below is my art ‘quilt’. 
CU Later - Karen Jurek, (C) 2013

CU Later - Detail
Radical Elements will be showing next at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida - May through August 2016.  (Information current as of June 7, 2014; for updates to the touring calendar for this exhibit, check back with the SAQA website.)

You can read more about Karen on the Featured Members page of this blog (scroll down).

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