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BRIGHT SHROUD, New work by Eliza Fernand (Downtown)

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On view March 5 – April 28, 2014

In the past four years, I have pursued an obsession with quilts. I have traveled across the country and back to study how quilts are made, how they are used, and what they mean. At the end of this touring research, I had made a body of installations using patchwork and quilting techniques, but had never finished a bed quilt.

A quilt is a power object. A quilt is a sculpture and a painting. A quilt is a document of time and labor. A quilt goes to bed with you and keeps you warm, covered, shrouded, draped. I am excited that with this new series of work there is the possibility of daily use. Each piece is hand-quilted and ready for an intimate relationship. In the tradition of re-use, I have cut-up and reconfigured past projects; to settle them in a new permanent home, bound in stitches with a layer of batting.

Eliza Fernand is inspired by craft supplies, relationships, forces of nature, small histories, mysteries, changing landscapes, scraps of things, and the transformation of materials and ideas. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006 and is currently investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking through interactive, collaborative projects. Her work has been shown all over the country, most notably at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; College of Western Idaho, Nampa , ID; 65 GRAND, Chicago, IL; HATCH Gallery, Oakland CA; and galleryHOMELAND, Portland OR. Fernand is the co-founder and director of Shared Space Studio, a community art space in rural West Michigan.

Please note that there won’t be an opening reception for “Bright Shroud”. The artist is currently living in Oakland, CA and, unfortunately, unable to make the trip at this time. For more information or images, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com