Monday, 26 November 2012
Coventry Evening Telegraph review of Through Our Hands.
Below: because I was asked, here are closeup details of the straightened out seam at the base of the shed....filling in space with paint.
Link to site: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/THE+ART+OF+QUILTING;+Art.-a0309660052
Byline: JULIE CHAMBERLAIN
UNWRAP yourself a Christmas treat with a visit to a colourful Warwickshire exhibition.
Through Our Hands at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum brings together the works of 10 top international quilt artists.
They are keen to show how their work has moved on from the purely practical to being an art form.
British artist Annabel Rainbow's work is striking in its visual images and the intricate work that has gone into it. Hello Dear, What Did You Do Today? features a naked woman working on a quilt, tea and chocolate biscuits at the ready - and a shelf of feminist and women's interest book titles behind her.
Tracey Emin may have shown quilting can be feminist, but these are equally strong. Two more works by Annabel Rainbow also feature naked women, one fleeing her life, chains and abandoned items flying off, as she runs across the surface of the world with passages by Auden and Emile stitched onto them.
Alicia Merrett is interested in maps and Elizabethan City looks like a fantastically-coloured aerial view, with a river meandering through, and lots of tiny plots of close-up properties surrounded by countryside.
Welsh quilter Bethan Ash has contributed two pieces, Any Colour You Like, a wonderful swirl of different colours which is graffiti-like in places, and I Want to Stitch, a political piece with her intentions stitched onto a background.
Hungarian Eszter Bornemisza has several pieces of work on show including Red Mud, which is gloriously coloured, and Primitive Findings, a box-type work showing different fabrics.
American artist Elizabeth Barton's Petergate incorporates layers of cloth she's painted or dyed and looks like a stained glass window and Australia's Dijanne Cevaal shows Travellers' Blanket, an attractive explosion of colour.
The intricacy of design and attention to detail is amazing in these works, and surely meets their aim of having quilting accepted as art.
BREAKING THE MOULD: A feminist work by Annabel Rainbow, above, and, below, Eszter Bornemisza'a Primitive Findings