Margaret Abramshe



Artist Information for Margaret Abramshe

Vintage images, family albums and camera phone snapshots documenting my life are my primary subject matter. Every art quilt I make has a rich subtext - a hidden story. Creating allows me, as an artist; to think deeply about my life and celebrate the joy I find everyday


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Stranger in a Strange Land

Stranger in a Strange Land34 x 36  

“Stranger in a Strange Land”. The image is of my paternal grandfather. He is prepared for travel, with his heavy wool overcoat and his best hat. My grandfather was like most Americans who fled oppression and economic hardship. He was one of millions of immigrants who traveled here to a better life. It has been displayed at the Textile Museum at Georgetown University, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center and the Poway Center for the Arts.


Nan33" x 29 "  

“Nan” is a portrait of my own mother taken in the late fifties or early sixties at my father’s family home in Los Angeles. It’s a portrait of tension and love. The background is a mid century design with a static figure gripping a cocktail. My mother had a tough time balancing between the new norms of the 1960’s and her traditional upper class catholic background. 


Jana39" x 33"   

“Jana” is portrait of my daughter taken with iphone. Like all mother’s, when I see her I look beyond the tattoos, piercings and the ever changing hair color. What I see is both the little girl riding horses at my sister’s house in the country, the daredevil snowboarder I could never catch up to, the bride and the mother of child who looks striking like her. My work is is based on a story below the surface of the portrait. 

San Antonio

San Antonio34" 34"  

“San Antonio” began with a walk along San Antonio’s riverwalk in the downtown area. It was a rainy morning. Just as the rain stopped and the sun peeked out; I snapped a photograph from my camera phone. When I returned home knew I wanted to use this digital image. 


Cowgirls34" x 38"  

“Cowgirls” started with photograph of my daughter and two friends in the stands at a rodeo event. In elementary and middle school, the three girls were apart of a mounted drill team. Many early Saturday mornings, in all sorts of weather; I sat in a barn while the team prepared for the big day. My quilts are an artistic “conversation” with family history and fond memories.