This is my entry in Amy's Quilt Festival. If you haven't heard about the festival, click the button on my sidebar and check it out. Lots of great prizes and more importantly, loads of great quilts to see and read about.
When Amy first suggested the idea I knew right away which quilt I would post. It's not my best, or the most complex, but it has the most meaning and significance to the quilts I am making today.
The is 'Square Motion.' It was finished last January and was my first foray into improvisation. I figured how how to do this on my own. I love so much about this quilt...the movement, the colors, the aesthetic, the hand quilting. This quilt was the piece that gave me the confidence to step out on my own and create. It was the first time I believed I was an artist.
I think often about what it means to be an artist. For a long time I didn't believe I was or that I could be. I have a good friend who taught with me for many years. She taught art and would have discussions with her students around the question, "what is art?" She inspired children to understand that they were all artists because they had ideas and a point of view that was their own. Her words have lingered in the back of my mind for years, but it wasn't until I made this quilt that I believed them.
I read this the other day.
"What is art? . . . art is the deliberate creation of aesthetic sensations. Art is a work of a human being, not of nature. It is not accidental. It produces something that is perceived through the senses and results in a personal emotional experience. . . .
". . . it is the conscious, deliberate production of an event or object of beauty (or emotional import) by a human being, employing not only the skill of the craftsman, but in addition, an element of creativity--original, inventive, instinctive, genius. An art object is an aesthetic artifact, deliberately created.
Art actually lies in the act of creation, not in its result."--G. Ellis Burcaw, Introduction to Museum Work, page 66
There are words in this that I respond to...sensations, personal, deliberate, skill, original, instinctive....
I'm not sure I agree with all of this, but it's food for thought. Thinking about art and being an artist stretches me as I work to create quilts I love. The act of creating simply makes me happy. Thanks for letting me share my work with you.