Irene Roderick: Dancing with the wall
- Mode : Showcase
- Period : 03/09/2020 ~ 06/13/2020
- Space : Main Gallery
- Host : Austin Central Library
- Administrator : Jieun Beth Kim
- Address : 701 W. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78701
IRENE RODERICK: DANCING WITH THE WALL
"It is difficult for me to talk about my work, especially my improvisational artwork. The process isthe work. It is about letting go of expectations. It is about working without a pattern or any idea of what the finished piece will be. This work is entirely intuitive and visceral. It is fluid and scary, and very difficult, to let the creative process take over and dictate the outcome. Finally, it is about trust. I have to trust myself, my years of practice and learning, and that it will be good. I start by placing a piece of fabric in the center of my design wall. I choose the initial piece of fabric spontaneously. I look at scraps and let a color or shape that jumps out at me determine this first step. Often it’s a piece of fabric on the floor or a leftover on my cutting table. I then build the quilt from the center out, one piece at a time, responding to what I see on the wall. Once I place an element, I don’t move it. I acknowledge what is in front of me, without any plan or memorized series of moves. It’s a serendipitous process, but not a frivolous one. Each step must be considered as it happens, but not according to any plan or criteria other than it “feels” right. I do not know before-hand what is going to happen but create through trial and error, literally dancing between the wall, the cutting mat, the sewing machine and the iron.
This exhibition is a mini-retrospective of pieces from the past four years. I started quilting full-time and with intention in 2016 after seeing modern quilts on-line and at the International Modern Quilt Conference in Austin in 2015. I have arranged these quilts sequentially in order for you to follow my practice and see how it evolved."