October 18, 2019 – January 28, 2020
For the past nine years the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) from
Washington State, has been sending art quilts to the Patchwork Design show in
São Paolo, Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to be exhibited side by side with Brazil
quilt artists. The goal of this exhibition is to give US viewers a chance to see the
Brazil and US art quilts side by side just as Brazilians have been able to do in the
past. There was not an assigned theme so that each artist could continue to work
in his or her chosen style or theme. Surprisingly, there did appear common
themes in the two groups, as artists from both countries explored life, the home,
abstract art, and social comment.
The Brazil artists over the years have continued to explore the abstract with an
emphasis to adding depth to each piece using embellishments. While the
Contemporary QuiltArt Association artists created mainly abstract art quilts in its
early years, they have started moving towards abstract realism with often very
little physical depth in each piece.