Sarah Atlee


sarahatlee@gmail.com

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Artist Information for Sarah Atlee

I am at a critical juncture in my art practice. For twenty years I have built a career on painting, exploring a variety of abstract and realist techniques. Having come to a place in painting where the medium no longer surprised me, I have shifted my focus to fiber art, quilting in particular. I now dedicate my full-time studio practice to exploring quilting as an art form.

Working with found, reclaimed, and donated fabrics is crucial to my practice. I source materials from what is around me - discarded clothing or other textiles, local thrift store finds, even antique market bargains. My experience using donated fabrics has taught me that even the unlikeliest materials can work together, if you're willing to be surprised. In this way I can keep fabric out of the landfill while breaking down barriers around traditional expectations of quilting and fine art. By practicing an ancient art born of necessity, I connect with our shared past while reflecting on self-sufficiency in consumer culture.

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Just Around the Corner

Just Around the Corner80" x 60"  

Improvisational patchwork, pieced and quilted on domestic machine using quilt-as-you-go techniques.

Deconstructed garments, cotton fabrics, found fabrics. Created while Artist in Residence at [Artspace] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, 2017. This piece is a response to the character of Oklahoma City's historic Deep Deuce neighborhood.



Fences I

Fences I48" x 38"   

Improvisational patchwork, pieced and quilted on domestic machine. Deconstructed garments, cotton fabrics, found fabrics. Created while Artist in Residence at the Jentel Arts Foundation, Banner, Wyoming, 2017. Fences I is a reflection of the relationships humans have with the landscape of rural Wyoming.



And the Other

And the Other44 x 44  

Improvisational patchwork, pieced and quilted on domestic machine. Deconstructed garments, cotton fabrics, found fabrics. And the Other was born from an overabundance of black and white scraps.



Magpie Abstract I: Myths and Secrets

Magpie Abstract I: Myths and Secrets54" x 37"  

Improvisational patchwork, pieced and quilted on domestic machine. Deconstructed garments, cotton fabrics, found fabrics. Inspired by my artist residency at the Jentel Arts Foundation in 2017, Magpie I is a tribute to the wily members of pica hudsonia.



Workin the Cattle

Workin the Cattle39 x 33  

Improvisational patchwork, pieced and quilted on domestic machine. Deconstructed garments, cotton fabrics, found fabrics. Inspired by my artist residency at the Jentel Arts Foundation in 2017, this piece is a reflection of the relationships humans have with the landscape of rural Wyoming.