Sew:Repeat+ Merry Twistmas
Twist Art Gallery presents:
"Sew:Repeat" a series of quilts by Alexia Abegg in space #73
the show opens saturday december 4th and runs through January 29th.
we are closed the week of christmas and on new years day.
our gallery hours are thursdays and fridays
from 11-5 and saturdays from 11-3
The quilts in Sew:Repeat began as improvisational excercises. Each piece,
stemming from a singular and specific past memory or emotion, has evolved
forward to become a finished quilt. Every stitch marks not only the
originating idea but the passing of time taken to create the work. In this
sense, the pieces are tangible markers of a specific time and space, one
only the quilt and myself inhabited during the physical act of completing
each quilt. This space and the repetition of stitching connects me to the
generations of women before me, whom have left behind quilts that mark their
moment in time.
I invite you to stitch on the stretched quilt and participate in a centuries
old tradition, a quilting bee. The quilting frame used has been in my family
for over one hundred and twenty years. We will sit and stitch and bring that
history to the present.
Artists Statement and bio
Alexia Abegg, born in Folsom, California and raised in Nashville, Tennessee,
lives and works in Nashville. She has little formal training but grew up
learning to paint from her father, painter Jimmy Abegg, and to sew from her
mother, Michelle Abegg. She studied at O'More College of Design. Her first
love was watercolor and she continues to sketch and paint along with
quiltmaking. She teaches sewing classes in Nashville, bringing her love of
stitching to students. Her work has been shown with the Artist Collective
Nashville, D.I.G. and at Twist Gallery. This is her first solo show.
Through my work, I explore the tangible representation of passing time, the
act of quilting and the work left behind by generations of women before me.
As a woman, I am interested in gender roles and expectations in relation to
the medium of quilting; historically the work of women, work that is never
ending, with an intrinsic quality of necessity as the propulsion of
creation. I am reversing this tradition, with the creation of quilts not
with necessity at the core, but with self expression as the catalyst of
I began to work with fabric and stitches much like I had been doing with
watercolor and paper. Rather than following a pattern, like the quilters of
past generations in my family, I began to improvise and develop an
instinctual method. The lack of technical fluidity of the quilting medium
itself was a barrier. When painting, the brush was a physical extension of
my hand. I challenged myself to find the same fluidity with quilting and my
work has grown out of this improvisational method.
Each piece contains all of my energy and emotion expressed in the time used
to finish the work. Every stitch taken is a physical act, residing in a
specific space and time and is a concrete marking of that specific moment of
creation. These stitches in time will exist for as long as the work exists,
and because of it, they are an extension of my life and person. My work is
an extension of myself that has a history connecting me to thousands of
women that have taken needle to fabric. Their energy and moment in time is
marked by stitches in cloth, and surpasses their lifetime.
I am interested in the relationship between the existence of sewn goods and
both the person that made them and the consumer that uses them.
Not a person exists today that has no connection to sewing. Whether as the
consumer or creator, we are all participating in the existence of sewn
items. Most of these items are disposable, their life limited to the whim of
the consumer, their existence in space and time fleeting. Counter to this
process, I want to create pieces that carry the weight of time invested, and
because of that weight, are tied to the people around them in a way that is
lasting. I am creating visually identifiable markings within each quilt to
connect the viewer to the amount of time expended in the completion of the
Through my quilts, I am attempting to create art that calls attention to
quilting as a medium not only as a decorative art, but as a form of fine
I have included a photo of one of the quilts titled "tilt" 31"x 28" and my
Merry Twistmas in space 77
opening on December 4th and just for December....
Crafts for holiday shopping... you know you want them.. and we aim to please
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