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Student Example 10:Non-majors and Art minors

Introduction to Art UW-Madison, 2020-2021

Assignment: Mixed Media  Surface and Composition (2D-Design)

Students were asked to choose a Gee's Bend quilt that inspired them and apply the formal elements and principles of design we had discussed up to this point to make a mixed-media ‘quilt’. They were also asked to include elements from our discussion on Surface & Composition and the PBS Gee's Bend Quilt Documentary. Students were asked to submit an artist statement describing discrete areas of the surface used, color schemes, how they referenced the quilt pattern chosen, and an example as to why these quilts and artists are relevant to contemporary art, culture, and/or society.

Themes: mixed-media and found objects, collage, color, line, pattern, texture, composition, 2d-design, outsider aesthetic and self-taught craft  

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Queen Hall 





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Student Response:

The piece I was inspired by was by Queen Hall. I was drawn to it because of its unique collage of fabrics and the center being the first thing I noticed. In my work, I wanted to use the idea of simple patterns on the outside (I used colored foam, masking tape, and duct tape I had around the house). In the center, I used more complex textures as a "frame" to bring the eye to the center similar to the piece by Hall. I thought it would be interesting to create a composition that draws the eye to the top-right edge for a more optical look in my own quilt, so I used the same silver plastic in that corner. I think the framing draws the eyes into the center immediately but the accent in the corner also draws attention but isn't too overpowering or distracting. I started off with a black and white color scheme but wanted to include a monochromatic look with different shades and tints of brown. I think the colors I chose to use represented a modern style of the piece. I also like how the simplicity of the colors emphasized the abstract collage look that Hall inspired in my piece. A lot of the neutral tones in fashion today are common whereas the colorful (pastel, neon) shades were perhaps more common in quilts in the early 2000s. I like how the Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend allows for individual expression and aesthetic so I feel like this assignment allowed me to express myself while being inspired by another. If I were to create a quilt or some sort of decor I would want to have something with neutral colors but with a unique pattern.