JUROR’S STATEMENT, Patty Hawkins, July 26, 2016
Thank you to the Art Quilt Association (AQuA) of Grand Junction CO, for the trust given me, t serve as juror for ABSOLUTELY ARTFUL, 2016 exhibition.
The pieces entered, all exhibited the desire and DID accomplish thus, creating art quilts to this theme; artists pieces ran the gamut from whimsical through to very intricately
created compositions. My first hope is an art quilt will be successful in catching the
viewer’s eye (or even a potential purchaser), while walking through a gallery or
exhibition; THIS IS THE TWO SECOND SEDUCTION.
This can be accomplished many ways:
- Odd number and variety of shape sizes, along with variety in values of a similar color.
I always tell my students to think of the variety in the THREE BEARS!
- Depth created by large to small shapes, also a successful dark to light contrast
- Stitchery is an important component, often only give an afterthought, instead should work to compliment the composition. It is the added attraction when a viewer comes near to view the art piece. It should not look haphazard.
A piece should not “speak” to the latest technique learned, less is more, do not try to
put every “trick” into one piece.
With any art created medium,
#1, The artist is inspired to convey a scene or composition or design, motivated by a personal inspiration, and needs the ability to produce an art piece to share with others.
#2 An artist needs to trust her judgement, knowing when to stop.
#3 Often, the “detail shot” of a piece could most successfully be the whole composition if worked to a large scale.
The viewer or audience need not know the inspiration.
This art piece needs to have a visual impact to grab the viewer’s attention. That is