Susan Ellis Oviatt
Sewn watercolor, or piecework, consists of cut and arranged pieces of painted watercolor paper, sometimes recycled papers and paintings are cut into the mix, sewn by machine onto a backing. Often I embellish the edges f the pieces with raffia, cotton yarns and other fibers. Some pieces are highly patterned, the designs derived from quilt patterns or mosaic floors or anything with interesting line and form.
These works on paper are formal constructions using color and geometric shape derived from quilt patterns, tile pavements, and abstract sources. Piecing together on my sewing machine neatly cut and rearranged fragments of watercolor washes and recycled paintings, I grow pattern. My aim is to make visual a rhythmical sensibility using design and color, paper, string and thread Musings, diaries and recollections are codified and reformed. This work represents my time alone, the restructuring and stitching together of what s significant to me.
When seen flattened inside a frame, threads flying, these art quilt paintings are removed from the functional aspects of quilt making and beg to be considered in new light. The traditional domestic art form of piecing and quilting involves the maker in hours of quiet introspection. I delight in a more painterly approach to this same meditative process and intend for my work to reference and acknowledge traditional quilt making while exploring a wider aesthetic realm.