Margaret Anderson – Sedona, Arizona, USA
Though I began art study in 1967 it was in the 90’s that I began using silk and cotton rather than canvas as a surface for painting. My ideas and techniques have evolved to my current contemporary wall hangings which include acrylic paint on silk and cotton, collage and hand stitching. I approach my abstract designs intuitively and with a sense of adventure and enjoy not knowing how a design will develop until it reveals itself as I position shapes and colors and utilize the chance emergence of unplanned relationships. As I spontaneously build multiple layers of fabric, my ideas become increasingly defined until the final design emerges.
SAQA: You began creating with fabric in the 1990s; what medium did you work in before?
ANDERSON: I discovered the art quilt movement in about 1995. Previous to that time I had worked in watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting.SAQA: What inspires you?
ANDERSON: Abstract shapes and colors found through a life-long study of nature inspire my work.
SAQA: Have any artists or art movements influenced your work?
ANDERSON: I am particularly attracted to abstract expressionist art.
SAQA: Where do you create?
ANDERSON: I paint the fabric in my garage where I can make a mess then design and assemble the work in my studio which is a former bedroom in my home.
SAQA: How do you reconcile the art-making and business sides of your creative life?
ANDERSON: Maybe because I am an introverted person, I find the process very difficult.SAQA: What are you working on now? What’s next?
ANDERSON: Currently I am experimenting with changing parts of my process to allow more time for the painting and design phases of my work and requiring less for the assembly phase.