This blog is a document for the Grave Rubbing Quilt Series by Susan Lenz, a fiber artist in Columbia, South Carolina.
Friday, January 9, 2015
(Above: Death Bed hanging in the atrium at Gallery
80808/Vista Studios for the annual Vista Lights art crawl, 98" x 48",
crayon grave rubbing on silk with free-motion machine embroidery and
dense hand stitching and vintage buttons appliqued onto a vintage
single-bed lace bedspread quilted onto a layer of sheer chiffon but also
with another layer of chiffon hanging freely in front of the bedspread
on which the artist's full body silhouette is hand-stitched in perle
cotton. Vintage lace fringe. Antique leather soles from a pair of
child's shoes were positioned on the floor. Click on any image to enlarge.)
(Above: Detail of Death Bed.)
To read more about this uniquely suspended art quilt, CLICK HERE.
Using a needle and thread for self-expression, I
work to create art that reflects my interest in the concept of time.Memory, universal mortality, and personal
legacy are central themes.Vintage and
recycled materials are combined with meticulous handwork. Stitched text and
free motion machine embroidery add visual and emotional layers. Work is often
exhibited in an installation format in order to better communicate message
through an accessible atmosphere.I am drawn
to textiles for their tactile qualities and often make work that is meant to
touch and be touched.