The party's over. My first Quilt National has come and gone and I'm exhausted - still. But, now I can share with you Infinity, the first in my series of abstracted horizons made entirely of re-purposed silk saris from India and Nepal.
Infinity by Elena Stokes, 43 x 67 inches
Quilt National, held at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, is one of the most prestigious quilt art venues in the world. From the Quilt National '15 webpage, these are the statistics for this year's exhibition: "There were 689 quilts submitted by 378 artists from 44 states and 19 countries including 3 Canadian provinces. Jurors Rosalie Dace, Ann Johnston and Judy Schwender selected 84 quilts by 84 artists. The exhibitors represented 33 states and 8 foreign countries. In this exhibition 30 percent of the exhibitors are first time Quilt National artists." The jurors did an outstanding job and it is truly an honor to included among so many notable and talented artists in an exhibition of such high caliber.
I have arrived at the Dairy Barn! ~ photo by Betty Busby
Looking back, the weekend is now a blur of happy faces, stunning quilt art, long days and late nights. I have met lovely people and made many friends with artists whose work I have admired for years. It was a wonderful experience I will always treasure. Many thanks to all the hard working, dedicated staff members of the Dairy Barn, especially Dairy Barn Executive Director Jane Forrest Redfern and Quilt National Director Kathleen Dawson who really rolled out the 'red carpet' for us.
This weekend is the long awaited (by me!) opening of Quilt National, when I can finally reveal Infinity...but not yet. I have also been reluctant to reveal some of the other pieces in the series that were a bit too similar which I will reveal now...
My Infinity series takes my work in a new direction into abstraction and minimalism. I haven't completely abandoned landscapes though, instead I focus on a single aspect of the vista, the horizon line stretching into infinity. To me it represents the point of transition, transformation and transcendence, the line where the past meets the future of infinite possibilities.
Above, Infinity II was made for my doctor as a way of saying thank you for taking such good care of me during my surgery last fall. Yes, I know, it does look a bit like a scar, but a pretty scar, which was my intention. This piece is about 36 x 25 inches and made with the same reclaimed sari silks and technique as Infinity. Infinity III I already posted in the previous post, Infinity and Beyond, as it is quite different in color and design.
Infinity IV, 60 x 43 inches, is currently in the Nurture Nature Center's 'Weather' exhibition in Easton, PA and runs until May 30th. Wind was my weather inspiration and it is actually a diptych but the size restriction of the exhibit was 60 inches so there will be more revealing to come for this one.
Infinity V, 40 x 26 inches, is the latest piece in the series but I have lots of plans to do more so stay tuned...
And, now I must go finish getting ready for my trip to Athens, OH and my first visit to Quilt National! I promise to post pictures of Infinity and the opening reception on facebook.