by Joan Schulze
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
April 4 - May 25, 2003
There will be a Gallery Reception on Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. All are welcome
Joan Schulze is a dynamic force in the world of textile arts. Her work can be found in the National Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian, Washington, DC, and many other public and private collections. She has been featured in exhibits in Germany, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and most parts of America. In 2000, she exhibited at The Danish Textile Museum (Testilforum) in Herning, Denmark. Last year, she travelled to China where her work was included in the "Beijing 2002 International Tapestry Exhibition," and this year it can be seen in Tokyo at the "30 Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World Exhibition." She most recently returned from an extended stay in Australia, where her work was featured in the Sturt Gallery in Mittagong. She has served as a visiting artist, teacher, and lecturer in several locations, including the US Embassy, Luxembourg; Textile Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine; Split Rock Arts Program, University of Minnesota; and De Young Museum, San Francisco. She has also been the subject of several books and magazines articles, including extensive coverage in Craft Arts International in 2001. Copies of her book, "The Art of Joan Schulze," are available at the Luther College Book Shop during her exhibit.
"I collect. What artist doesn't? I often feel like an archaeologist trying to read this trail of artifacts that I organize and rearrange while following an idea. I start layering text and images on fabric using glue transfer methods. In the spirit of early illuminated manuscripts, I scrape away to reveal under layers. Applique is often used to add color or a line. A finished quilt has areas which were peeled or erased, my homage to Rauschenberg's erasing of de Kooning's drawing. In making a quilt, quilting is a technical necessity to hold the layers together. I also think of it as a drawing - a risky mark making exercise to reinforce the quilt's meaning. I look at my quilts and collages and see journal entries. I can piece together the narrative of my life. Some events loom large and keep reappearing as a subject. Then a small moment can take over and send me on a different path."
-Joan Schulze, 2001