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Mariah Gillespie

Studio Resident (2014 - 2015)

Fiber, Painting
Statement of Work

Quilts have played a large role in America’s domestic history and are closely tied to the female experience. Women have created these objects for generations, contributing their time and expertise to the home. In contrast, paintings are understood through an art historical or museum context as objects of wonder or artifacts of history. Their presence and construction go beyond their medium to become something more spiritual than simply paint on canvas, but like quilts, are also companions of experience. Quilt and paint as a medium both transcend the ways color, shape, pattern, and material can interact, creating work that is indistinguishable by medium or maker. Each quilted piece playfully overlooks this historical divide through the whimsical use of shape, color, and line.

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