Artist Information for Sandra Lauterbach
Textiles are my medium of choice. My connection to fabrics and relationship with stitches is surely tied to my family’s background of over 4 generations in the textile industry—starting prior to WW1. I view thread and fabric as my paints. Instead of brushstrokes, I stitch.
My current work plays against the usual association of fabrics as being pliable and focuses on their ability to form collages and to create their own structural formations. It is a study of color, pattern and form using a non-traditional medium (fabric and stitching) to create fine art wall reliefs. The various fabrics are the canvases with which I collage forms in a formal process to create a composition. The stitching helps to interconnect the forms by creating texture and marks on my "canvas"--similar to a painter using brush strokes to create marks in their paintings. My work references John Chamberlain’s vividly colored and irregularly shaped agglomerations and Frank Stella’s three dimensional art.
The energy in these pieces calls out for irregular free form shapes—not to be confined to a traditional rectangular size. This work marries the traditional and historical technique of stitching with contemporary abstract art. The bold patterns and colors attract attention from a distance and the detailed stitching holds one’s attention as you draw close.Images scroll down to view all
Sherezade 39" x 26"
Fantasy18" x 47"
Creating a dialogue between diverse pieces of fabric that results in a harmonious whole was the challenge and goal of this artwork.
Red31" x 33"
Blink54" x 36"
Blink represents various freedoms to me. Freedom of creation, form, imagination and ideas. I broke out of a traditional rectangular art shape with my series of free form abstract pieces of which Blink is a part. The challenge for me in creating Blink was in taking diverse patterned pieces and creating a harmonious whole. Strangely, a limited palette is freeing. Without conscious thought, a form emerged that represents different things to its viewers. Whereas I saw a dancer, others saw a couple, Ganesh—a Hindu god shaped partially like an elephant, or simply movement. The layers of our own individual personal histories impact our reactions to art. That is the amazing freeing thing about art—it is open to so many interpretations, each personal and correct.
Arabesque 30" x 47"