621 Gallery Presents:

Sanctuary

an exhibition by Meg Pierce

Artist Statement

My work uses transparent layering of stitching, fabric, found objects and lace and paint. It is about time and making peace with it. My process has become more intimate as I’ve aged. Earlier I have been inspired by global and symbolic themes. The early watercolors were inspired by space photography. My complex mandala collages using photos and maps are archetypal forms. But recently I use vintage lace and fabrics, sewing notions, and stitching along with paint on canvas.  Hand stitching remains an intensely personal process and identified as a woman’s work. The meditative hours spent stitching and the feel of thread and cloth ground me. I know the shape of time spent alone and I know its value: it is limited.

I own floral femininity as formal qualities. I find inspiration the complex patterns of vintage lace, its feminine aura and textural richness and I honor the work of the anonymous women who have left us an art of subtlety and quietude. I aesthetically respond to the delicate variations of color and line of embroidery and lace and I do not use these resources ironically. Other influences are the richly decorated Indian “palampore” bed covers of the18th century. All complex curvilinear floral botanical themes delight me.

However, the grids and muted colors I use form counterpoints to floral arabesques. The repetitive grid and a limited palette reveal a contemporary viewpoint and represent my reverence for Agnes Martin, a personal hero.

This body of work creates a complex visual experience.  On another level the stitching, fabric, lace, string, pins and layers of paint are also my metaphors for interior lifetime. Our spirit is constructed year by year with levels of experience and feeling. They become woven together and defend our center. The intricacy of this web often remains hidden, discovered only upon careful reflection. It takes a quiet peaceful time best found in a safe sanctuary.

 I feel that in this later work I have found a way to align a contemporary aesthetic with a deep personal expression of my history and self: a delicate, meditative and peaceful art.

Meg Pierce’s exhibition will be on display in the Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery at 621 from January 3rd through January 25th 2019.

For more information about the artist, please visit their website: www.megpierce.com