Oil Stains features fourteen quilts representing SAQA member Eleanor McCain’s reaction to the 2010 BP oil spill and its effect on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The lyrically abstract quilts are literally stained, producing a powerful visual statement.
As McCain explains, “To term it simply a ‘spill’ is to imagine that it can be wiped clean, that all our sea creatures, estuaries and the Gulf itself, have recovered or can recover. This is not so. It is a stain, indelible, unnatural, permanent.”
The exhibit is on display through August 23rd at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, Florida 32901 (321) 674-8313 http://textiles.fit.edu
Eleanor McCain is a practicing Internal Medicine Physician in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She has been an exhibitor in Quilt National five times. Her works can be seen in numerous public and private collections including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. She lectures frequently on the art quilt, and has been featured in numerous publications.