Juror Petra Fallaux states: “On the Edge” is the place any artist should want to go: a bit further, out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizon. It is where artistic development happens and trailblazers venture, going where few have dared to go before. The cutting edge is by definition an arena that continuously propels forward advancing everyone’s understanding and sometimes establishing a new normal." (scroll down to view entire juror statement)
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“On the Edge” is the place any artist should want to go: a bit further, out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizon. It is where artistic development happens and trailblazers venture, going where few have dared to go before. The cutting edge is by definition an arena that continuously propels forward advancing everyone’s understanding and sometimes establishing a new normal.
Ninety-two artists submitted a hundred and fifty-four pieces for consideration for On The Edge. Using a new way to foster relationships between SAQA members this exhibit, On the Edge, was planned online months before the pandemic. However, the period between the call for artwork and the launch of this online initiative coincided with the arrival of the COVID-19. Little did we know that our entire lives would practically be happening in virtual space. We now find ourselves touring museum and gallery exhibit spaces online as an alternative to being able to visit in person. Very quickly, it has become the new normal. On the Edge has no analog exhibition space. The selected pieces were always meant to speak to the theme and each other in cyberspace.
The theme of On the Edge prompted some artists to reexamine their existing work with fresh eyes and select pieces fit to submit. Seeking new territory, others made new work. Today’s SAQA members are working with a lot of different media, pushing many envelopes. This inaugural virtual exhibit represents a cross section of these approaches to the art quilt.
Art affords room for contemplation. It is my favorite way to lose myself and escape from reality. In the unfortunate and harsher reality of COVID times, I often find myself on edge. Seeking out breathing space is more important than ever. My hope is that this online exhibit offers its visitors a few moments of respite and of feeling connected. Most of all, I hope that the work provides a surge of inspiration: keep pushing that envelope!
About the Juror
Dutch native Petra Fallaux is a writer, curator, and artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an artist, Petra's approach to making quilts is grounded in art. Contemporary painting and design - graphic, interior, or architectural - are major influences. Her new monoprinted quilts inspired by the Dutch horizon have been shown in multiple juried exhibitions. Her ongoing pieced art quilt series, Formations, embodies her credo of shape, color, and simplicity.
Mary L Alexander - Ice Age
Geneviève Attinger - Les Dormeuses
Diane Born - Somewhere between Hard and Soft
Libby Cerullo - Shame
Janice G Chiaffredo - Mark Makings
Sandra Palmer Ciolino - Precaria #12: Scala (diptych)
Shannon M Conley - 33°20'N, 105°33'W
Marcia DeCamp - Roundabout
Segolene M Diamant-Berger - Crazy Plastic Shopping Bags
Susan Else - Wrong Universe
Victoria Findlay Wolfe - The Space Between Heartbeats
Julia Graber - Lonely
Patty Kennedy-Zafred - Veiled Windows
Natalya Khorover - Iron Spine Aloft
Paula Kovarik - I watch too much tv news
Uta Lenk - Daily Somethings
Suzanne E. Munroe - A Captured Moment
Stefanie Neuner - ONE
Frauke Palmer - Dream Catcher
Claire Passmore - A New Dawn
Judith Plotner - America Interrupted
Wen Redmond - Drawn to the Edge
Jean Renli Jurgenson - deYoung - Light and Shadow
Sue Reno - Luminosity
Carole R Rossi - Facing Down The Pandemic: The Cubist Scream
Katie Stein Sather - Mondrian Paddlers #2
Joan Sowada - Democracy Under Attack
Isabelle Wiessler - Tree bark