Catherine Whall Smith is thinking . . . 2016 is off to a great start!

Happy New Year!!! . . . Another year begins and once again it is time to hit the ground running – and indulge myself in as much daily “studio time” as possible.  Recently I took time to rethink my artist statement so that it reflects where I am now.  Here are some parts of that statement:  “In our highly complex information sharing society, I feel the pressure to participate so that is why at this stage in my life, my art is about being in and sharing a moment in time. It only exists for that moment–and I attempt to capture and connect to that moment with my digital images. .  .  . ” For example this detail shot of my piece titled “Grab and Go” – shows my photo images transferred to treated cotton and pieced into this quilt.

Grab and Go (detail)

Grab and Go (detail)

The green tractor Grabs the hay from the field and places it onto the red truck which is waiting to Go once the truck is full. This quilt will be on view at the up-coming Nor’Easter: 46th Annual Juried show at the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT. – Show dates: January 9 – February 14, 2016. Opening Reception – Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 1-2:30pm.

My final “connection” with each piece is hand stitching repetitive lines across the quilts surface.   Thousands of tiny stitches allow me to once again “be in the moment” as three layers merge into one and my art transforms from a flat surface to one with texture, drape, and dimension.  My goal for 2016 is to use my art to continue narrating and sharing the stories of my rural environment.  SO WHAT will you indulge in this year!



About Catherine Whall Smith

Fiber Artist working with contemporary textiles.
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