Category Archives: SAQA People and Portraits Exhibit
Here is the final installment about this exhibit, The Nine Muses by Ulva Ugerup of Sweden. You can visit this artist’s blog and use the translator (it’s in Swedish, of course) for more information.
I love Ulva’s assignment of modern women to each Greek goddess who signifies the inspiration for literature, science and the arts. Not knowing the age group of my readers or interest in mythology, I have given a very brief description of each muse and real person. As for the poetic muses, they deserted me long ago.
Kalliope, muse of epic poetry, and Edith Sodergran, Swedish-speaking Finnish poet (1892-1923).
Klio, muse of history, and Emmeline Pankhurst, British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement (1858-1928).
Euterpe, muse of music and song, Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (1907-1954).
Thalia, muse of comedy, Suzanne Brogger, Danish writer, novelist, poet and journalist (1944–).
Melpomene, muse of tragedy, Victoria Benedictsson, Swedish author (penname Ernst Ahlgren), 1850-1888.
Terpsichore, muse of the dance, Isadora Duncan, American dancer (1877-1927).
Urania, muse of astronomy, and Tina Turner, American singer, dancer, actress and author (1939–).
Erato, muse of love poetry, and Marilyn Monroe, American actress (1926-1962).
Polyhymnia, muse of hymns, and Marian Anderson, American contralto (1897-1993).
I am off to work on my self-portrait–I should be able to finish by the weekend, when I will return to my Christmas quilt. I’ve quilted 4 of 16 blocks. I’m sing Superior Mono-Poly thread and ran out of #11 needles. I searched for a narrow red and green striped fabric for the binding while in Paducah with no joy. Perhaps a search on the internet will yield me better results. Or maybe I’ll just search my stash for a green that would work. Hmm, I just had a flash of inspiration–make a scrappy red and green binding. Maybe there’s something to these muses after all…
I enjoyed this exhibit and have long admired the quilt artists who belong to SAQA. This series of quilts by Lori Lupe Pelish were intriguing. She uses a variety of fabrics to make her detailed portraits. She dyes some of her wool and also reclaims wool from thrift stores for her hooked rugs. You can see more of her art on her website.
This series of four quilts is 43×130 inches. I was unable to photograph the series as a whole but you can see it on her website. We Were All There.
Another couple of portraits I studied were by Mary Pal. She manipulated cheese cloth for these quilts.
For more of Mary Pal’s artwork, visit her website.
Next post, I’ll bring you Part 3 of People and Portraits. For now I need to go to exercise class. I’m curious to see the number of steps my Fitbit Zip counts–I’ll let you know next time.
I was at Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky, last week. I drove there with my friend Anne Marie and we had a great time at the quilt show and in downtown Paducah, wandering around in quilt shops and galleries and dining at a couple of the local restaurants. We have been inspired by an international quilt group called SAQA since we went to Houston International in 2011. SAQA is short for Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., and “was founded in 1989 to serve artists working in the art quilt medium.” To find out more or to join, go to their website. In the meantime, you can view some of the quilts that were displayed at the special SAQA People and Portraits Exhibit.
Even the dog and the baby have cell phones!
Watch for Part 2 of this exhibit as well as quilts from the Symphony of Colors exhibit, art quilts from Japan, and other quilts from the show. You can find a lot of information about the portrait quilts on the SAQA website, or look up the individual artists. As you can see, some of these quilts are quite personal. I’ll be back but in the meantime, I’m working on my Christmas quilt. Here is the first block. Till next time, go out and do something, even if it’s wrong (but not too wrong).