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I was pleased and honored to see my piece included in a “Selections from Turmoil” article in the current issue of SAQA Journal (Volume 26, No. 3). Juror Kate Lydon says, “Turmoil features art quilts that depict personal interpretations of confusion and uncertainty, bitterness, anger, or the chaos of an over-scheduled life.  Representing themes of aging, displacement, and the power of nature, selected artists share expressive works that speak to memories robbed by disease, dysfunction, and grief, witness displaced people, borders crossed, obstacles faced, and disempowerment through war and unrest.”

My piece, Mother Serves the Turkey, is more lighthearted. There is a war going on, but the artist is blithely unaware of it. Normally when Mother “serves turkey” it is to hungry guests who look forward to a delicious meal.  In this case, she serves Mrs Hen Turkey her favorite food: watermelon (true fact.)

Turmoil, along with a sister show Tranquility, open at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, this October, and travels until 2019.

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Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

 

I was so pleased to learn that a piece of mine was accepted into Turmoil, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit.

According to the Prospectus: “Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural.

“This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition.

“Turmoil is scheduled to debut at IQF Houston along with Tranquility: Turmoil will be hung in the exterior space created by paneled walls, with Tranquility in the interior space. This environment will mirror the chaos depicted in these works. Artists were encouraged to consider submitting a piece for the exhibition, Tranquility, as well, addressing in art, the antonym and direct opposite, of their personal interpretation of Turmoil.

“Juror:  Kate Lydon

“Kate Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and oversees the installation of exhibitions mounted at SCC’s main Strip District gallery and at the One Mellon satellite gallery in downtown Pittsburgh.

Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

“EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX: October 2016
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois: April 2017
Quilt, Knit, Stitch – Portland, Oregon: August 2017”

I thought I was making pieces for this exhibit during my “27 Art Quilts in 30 Days” hyper effort during January of this year. But my measurements didn’t match the show’s requirements, so I remade the original two, plus one more, the next month, still in time to submit.

It was one of the ones I made twice that got in: Mother Serves the Turkey II.  Note to self: its a good idea to make a piece more than one time.  You learn things!  This version is better than the first one.

This piece has a narrative: “Everything is topsy-turvy.  Usually when Mother ‘serves the turkey’ she roasts it for others to enjoy eating.  Today however, she serves Mrs. Hen Turkey her favorite food, watermelon. In addition, Pony has gone on strike, leaving Turtle to pull Baby in the Wagon. Is there a war going on in the background? I can’t keep track of which one it is.  Oh dear, are they shooting at the artist?  She is oblivious.”

 

Usually life in the country is peaceful.  Except when it’s not. The children are escaping from the house, the new neighbors don’t look too friendly, mom is having trouble starting the truck, and even the mail service is starting to getting hinky. Oh dear!

This one was inspired by the title of a show I want to enter.  It is called Turmoil.  Similar to the show about borders and boundaries, this one first made me think all kinds of dark thoughts concerning today’s headlines.  But then I determined to give the poor juror a laugh and create something more lighthearted.

The title is “A Troubled Day in the Country.” It was a three-day effort because it is bigger — 25.25 x 30.5″  OK it’s not the biggest art quilt in the world, but it is bigger compared to the ones I have been making for the 30 for 30 challenge.