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Selected Artist

Julia E Pfaff

Richmond, VA

'Contrast XIX' by Julia E Pfaff

Contrast XIX
whole cloth quilt

Artist Statement

I work in a very vernacular of art media –stitched fabric - and have been pushing the limits of contemporary quilting for over 35 years. In the late 70’s I was inspired by the work of the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth to present quilts as art within a gallery context. Moving beyond the conceptualists’ appropriation of found domestic objects, I have chosen to maintain the integrity of my object ~ a quilt ~starting with unpatterned fabric and lavishing upon it layers of process.
My current work explores the textures and forms of woven fabric with the stitched line. Work in my Contrast Series starts with black fabric, hand painted with textile pigment with added hand embroidery and machine quilting. The focus in this series started with the forms and shapes created in enlarged views of my hand dyed and stitched fabrics. My interest has now moved to geographic contours and topographies. In Contrast XIX the forms are those of the area close to Nemea Greece where I worked as technical illustrator for archaeologists. The forms are outlined by hand painted yellow "stitches". Each "stitch" is surrounded by intensely colored hand embroidery and colorful machine quilting is added to separate the forms from each other.

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