Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

I’m not sure where I first saw the work of Kurt Schwitters.  The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice?  The Cleveland Museum of Art? But I was drawn to it immediately.

The back story of these collages are compelling. He was an early 20th century German artist from Hanover, who like many of his generation, was turned upside down by the devastation of The Great War.

He explained,”In the war, things were in terrible turmoil. What I had learned at the academy was of no use to me and the useful new ideas were still unready…. Everything had broken down and new things had to be made out of the fragments; and this is Merz. It was like a revolution within me, not as it was, but as it should have been.”

He picked up scraps from the streets and made art with it.

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A group of art quilt artists organized by Sandra Lauterbach and Sandra Poteet is showing at our second venue: Vision Gallery in Chandler, AZ, Nov. 8 – Jan. 5, 2019.  The opening reception is Saturday Nov. 17, 4-6 PM.

The piece I have in this show is called Celebrating the Destruction of Apartheid. On a visit to South Africa I was thrilled by this lighthearted moment. In front of the High Court Annex in Capetown, where South African had to report annually to be registered as one of 7 “races”, today anyone is free to sit on this “whites only” bench. Apartheid is where it belongs — in the ashcan of history.celebrating the destruction of apartheid small

If you are in the neighborhood of Chandler, AZ, please visit this important show, where 31 fiber artists remind us that THIS thing should not be forgotten . They offer hope, a tender need to call out to the world to remember the precious things in life.

I’ve just completed new work in the Eastern Europe in Stitches series. I’m getting ready to hang a show of the complete body of work at Judy’s on Cherry in Reading on Monday.  The reception will be Thursday, November 15, 5-7 PM. The show is called Doubletake East, because my husband Jay Ressler will also show his work from our trip to Eastern Europe. Contrast and compare!

Peoples violin

Of the stamps from DDR (East Germany), one says Musikinstrumente der Volker. Musical instruments of the people. Are they any differents from the others I wonder?

Martha Ressler, “People’s Violin,” 8 x 10 framed.  Art Quilt, hand stitched with found objects and stamps from Germany.

relativity framed 8 x 10

An image of Albert Einstein from the remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. He lived in Berlin for many years until he left for the United States in 1933 when Hitler came to power.

Martha Ressler, “Relativity,” 8 x 10 framed. Art Quilt, drawn and hand stitched with found objects and stamps from Germany and the US.

mystery figure framed 8 x 10

A mysterious hooded and winged figure, painted on the Berlin Wall. Who is it? Part of Eastern Europe in Stitches series.

Martha Ressler, “Mystery Figure,”  8 x 10 framed. Art Quilt, drawn and hand stitched with found objects and stamps from Germany.

tear down this wall fraed 8 x 10

An image from the remaining pieces of the Berlin wall captures the exuberant feeling of freedom in 1990.

Martha Ressler, “Tear Down this Wall,”  8 x 10 framed. Art Quilt, drawn and hand stitched with found objects and stamps from Germany.

raise a glass framed 8 x 10

Most of Germany’s wine is produced in the Western part of the country, except for the Saxony region, along the Elbe River, near Dresden. I particularly enjoyed the Golden Reisling!

Martha Ressler, “Raise a Glass.” 8 x 10 framed. Art Quilt, hand stitched with found objects  from Germany (and Cuba and Czech Republic).

 

Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

Every now and then I get an update from William Reker, the director of traveling art quilts for SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.)

This one is notable because it is the final venue for Turmoil and Tranquility:

 ” The International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, Texas will be hosting portions of both exhibitions from August 10, 2019 through December 15, 2019.

“It is our goal to exhibit our members’ work in as many venues as possible.  Both Turmoil and Tranquility have had successful exhibitions on three continents.  Unfortunately, the International Museum of Art and Science cannot host the entirety of both exhibitions and we have agreed for a portion of each to be on display.   Your work has been selected for this venue. Below please find a list of works to be displayed.

Turmoil:

Pallbearer by Margaret Abramshe

The Flames They Left Behind by Holly S Altman

Disheveled Love by Karen M Balos

Fracture by Betty Busby

A Cancerous Turmoil by Carol Capozzoli

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

Crossings I by Sandy Gregg

Tied in Knots by Betty Hahn

1953 Popcorn by Jim Hay

Childhood Taken: The Doffer Boys by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Marklin Nebula by Jeanne Marklin

Mother Serves the Turkey II by Martha E Ressler

Tranquility:

Flowers of the Vine by Frances Holliday Alford

Morning Mist by Linda Anderson

Ponderings IV by Erika Carter

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

Donald in Light by Jennifer Day

Come Sit with Me, Patrick Caulfield by Heather Dubreuil

Succulents by Aileyn Renli Ecob

Winter Silence by Suzan Engler

Entryway by Sandy Gregg

A Separate Reality by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Whooper Reflection by Judith Roderick

Adoration by Gwyned Trefethen

Circle Back by Tina Williams Brewer

“During its three year run, Turmoil will have been on display in 10 venues, on three continents including 2 museums in the United States.  We are constantly striving to locate new venues and promote your art around the world.  Below is a complete listing of the exhibition’s travel.

International Quilt Festival – Houston, Texas: November 2-6, 2016

International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois: April 6-8, 2017

Festival of Quilts – Birmingham, United Kingdom: August 10-13, 2017

Australasian Quilt Convention – Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Australia: April 5-8, 2018

Stitches & Craft Show – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Australia: June 8-10, 2018

Craft & Quilt Fair – Canberra, Australia: August 9-12, 2018

Stitches & Craft Show- Newcastle, Australia: August 16-19, 2018

Craft & Quilt Fair – Adelaide Showground, Wayville, Australia: September 19-22, 2018

Grants Pass Museum of Art- Grants Pass, Oregon, United States: June 1 – July 27, 2019

International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas, United States: August 10, 2019 – December 15, 2019 (selected works)

“The International Museum of Art and Science will be the final venue for the exhibition.  I will contact you in January 2020 to return your work to you.

“Your participation in SAQA’s Global Exhibition has allowed us to expand the number of exhibitions we offer to a growing number of venues.  Between now and April 2020, SAQA will debut 10 new exhibitions.  Five of these exhibitions will premiere in museums rather than at quilt shows.  Please visit www.saqa.com/calls to view the current opportunities to exhibit your art provided by both the Global Exhibition and Regional Exhibition programs.”

 

The Other Side of the Wall smallThe Other Side of the Wall depicts the color and vibrancy of Tijuana that abuts the US/ Mexico wall just a few miles from San Diego. It is for the Border Wall Quilt Project. All pieces, mine included, are 8 x 16″

The wall on the Mexican side is brightly painted, and the family in blue is my drawing taken from one of those paintings. There are community gardens, a Nuclear Free zone plaque, and other colorful works of art.

butterfly painting on the wall

Part of the wall lists names of those who have died crossing the border. Although theoretically one could swim around the wall that extends into the Pacific Ocean, the US side is highly militarized.

border wall

Life goes on in lively Tijuana. But a pile of “wishing rocks” reminds us of the yearning for peace and unification of families.

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I’ve started a new series, similar to Eastern Europe in Stitches.  Recently I asked a good friend fom Tijuana to give me a tour. She was raised there, and holds many happy memories of growing up, especially of her grandmother and her farm.

She is also an artist who could readily understand my interest in viewing the art on the Mexican side of the wall that separates it from the US. There is a memorial to those who died in crossing the border. (top right in the pictures below.) You can see how the border wall extends right into the sea.

So we absorbed the beauty and sadness on the Mexican side of the wall. There was a pile of “wishing stones” including wishes for “unity of my family” and “that everyone finds prosperity and love.”

I’ve made four little quilts (5 x 7″) so far in this series. I bought some used Mexican postage stamp on Etsy, and some small items while I was there so I could add found objects. Each one includes a drawing on cloth (then stitched) of something painted on the wall, or something else I saw.

 

 

 

I am part of Cloth in Common, a group of international artists who respond to bi-monthly prompts. The current prompt is “Spring.”

Here the crocuses have sprung, only to emerge into a cold and still brown yard.

crocusesAnd, again today, it is snowing. It’s hard for me to think “Spring!” However, I just returned from a trip to Eastern Europe (actually a little bit warmer!) where I was inspired by “rebuilding” and “renewal.” Do they count for “spring?”

Many of the drab so-called “communist condos” have been painted, and they still house a large population. (Some, it was explained, are even better built than today. But not all.)

painted communist condo

Dresden was firebombed by the Allies in Feb 1945, killing as many as 135,000 people in the single most deadly bombing of the war, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was reduced to rubble but has been painstakingly rebuilt.

We visited Zwinger Palace, and have the before and after photos to show the rebuild. It is now a museum housing priceless art.

zwinger Palace bombedZwinger Palace rebuilt

 

I made small art quilts while I was traveling. I was especially intrigued by Berlin. First it was one city, then two cities, now one city again –and still stitching itself back together. These are pieces inspired by the art on the wall, torn down in 1989.

We visited just as the US President wants to build a wall on the US border with Mexico. For future generations to tear down!

How I am going to respond to “Spring” is still the Great Unknown in my studio. Rebirth? Rebuild? Traveling to Eastern Europe in the Spring? Stay tuned.

Besides Spring will surely emerge. Any day now.