Mixed Fiber Artwork by Rebecca Quigley
March 7 - April 2, 2023
a poem by Rebecca Quigley
Fragments, bits, slivers, or edges,
Of memory, echoes, and glimpses.
I’ve seen, imagined, or remembered,
New construct- assembled, incorporated.
In my dream.
Artist Statement and Biography
Born into an artistic family, I grew up in a mid-modern home filled with Finn Juhl furniture, paintings and prints, Scandinavian glass, and textiles. My father was a picture framer and worked at the Ringling Museum for a while, before he moved to England, where he got his Fine Arts Degree at the Ruskin School of Drawing, at Oxford. I lived in Sarasota and Nantucket before I went to boarding school in the UK, I lived there until 1978, when I got my BA (hons) in Woven and Printed Textiles. Returning to the USA, I lived in Nantucket, Albuquerque (where I got my Master’s in Architecture), Boston’s South Shore and then returned to Sarasota. Now retired, I began my textile practice in 2018 and am I am enjoying it greatly.
My journey as an artist has always been with non-traditional materials, and with combinations of traditional methods in non-traditional ways. Trained as a weaver in the 1970s, the family of materials I now work with are all related to the materials used in weaving, be it wool, silk, cotton, or linen- stitched, embellished and combined, even paper made from fibers from plants growing in my garden and hanji (Korean mulberry paper) which can be felted in layers, stitched, shaped, and treated like a textile. Most recently I have started exploring the cloth like properties of momigami, a Japanese paper technique.
Combining these materials has provided me with a vocabulary for my artistic expression. A palette, if you will, to use to express my view of my surroundings, of nature, the city, my secret thoughts, and my memories.
The exhibition opened on March 7, 2023 and runs for the month of March. A reception will be held during Second Saturday Art Walk on March 11th, 5-9 pm.