Nancy Bardach, Fiber Artist
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The Body Electric

The Body Electric

2015 Size: 51"h x 46"w Price: $3000

Images of indigo-dyed spinal columns, x-rays of knees, splashes of light and color.

Recipe: Contrast these impressions of rough spinal columns and abstract bones with elegant x-rays of my knees. Add splashes and swirls of light and color. Compose in elongated columns.

Will be in a SAQA show, Metamorphosis, and on tour until December 2021. Also exhibited at AQM 2016 (the Artist as Quilt Maker) FAVA, Oberlin, OH

Irregularity

Irregularity

2016    Size: 29"h x 56"w           Price: $1800

"Clinkers" are misshapen bricks that slumped or“exploded” in the kiln, rejected until the Arts and Craft movement in California, rediscovered them. The irregularities were considered natural, organic, exciting. Rescued from discard piles, they were incorporated in chimneys, walls and pillars. Especially as seen in bright overhead sunlight, the darker colors and irregular shapes of clinker bricks brought brick walls alive with movement and interest.

Design challenges are the fertilizer for much of man’s creativity, in quilts as elsewhere in art. Can hard fired clay textures be expressed through fabric piecing and thread texturing? Reflecting, incorporating the light, the shadows and complex, aged colors.

The back of this piece has photographed details of clinker brick walls photographed at a fraternity house in Berkeley CA that wasdesigned by Greene & Greene Architects.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

2016       Size: 56"h x 108"w (triptych)     Price: $3000

‘Acrobatics’ is designed in fabric rectangles, elongated pieces, to approximate brushstrokes in color paintings where many bits create an overall look, somewhere between pointillism and impressionism. In this triptych, repeats of printed imagery act as themes and color marks. The clusters interact and form networks of light and color. Panels are distinct in overall coloration, but continuous in format and taches, or strokes, of color and pattern. My focus in this group --- both color and rhythm

Named ‘Acrobatics’, 'Between Acts’ and ‘Tumbling’ these three related panels have sketches in thread, that cross over panel edges to continue into the next piece. The quilting stitches illustrate illusory trapezes, nets, and swinging motions.  

Darkness Visible

Darkness Visible

2014 Size: 93" h x 41" w Price: $3500

To me, seeing darkness also means seeing its antagonist … or perhaps its companion … light. The title comes from John Milton's description of hell in "Paradise Lost" -- "No light, but rather darkness visible..."

Materials: cotton and silk fabrics, some hand dyes, batiks, batting, threads. Photo by: Don Tuttle

Juried into the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2016 exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. It has also exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.

Benthos

Benthos

2014 Size: 63" h x 42"w SOLD.

Benthic regions exist on, in or under the sea floor --- from tide pools inshore, out along the continental shelf, to the bottom of the abyss. In these environments a whole ecology of benthos exists, e.g. sponges and clams, starfish, sand dabs, snails, sea worms. Sunlight may penetrate the water. Phytoplankton and air bubbles travel up the water columns; algae drift downwards.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Published in Portfolio 22- SAQA's art quilt compendium.

Photo credit: Don Tuttle

Accelerating - Decelerating

Accelerating - Decelerating

2013 Size: 48"h x 33"w Price: $2000

Shapes, spacing and colors lead to rhythmic tensions in this composition. It’s all about light and movement, scribble and swish.

The hot hues add to the sense of speed, heat, and spice, while the quilting lines wriggle and dance down the canvas.

Toured for two years in the SAQA exhibit "Color Wheel of Emotions". It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015

Evaporating

Evaporating

2013 Size: 49"h x 45"w Price: $2500

Very delicate pastel colors almost seem to melt into one another.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015

Composing Colors

Composing Colors

2013      Size:  74"w x 94"h                  Price: $8000.

Composing Colors has four repeating grids, with similar shapes and colors in each matrix. These are arranged in suites of bright colors, darks, greyed hues, and neons, as seen in reading order. The agglomeration of shapes to build up a composition also refers to our traditional, historical ways of organizing a quilt pattern.

Juried into Art Quilt Elements, Wayne PA, in 2016. Also "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Included in a small solo exhibit of my work featured at the "World of Threads Festival - 2014" in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. Composing Colors is published in SAQA's Portfolio 21, a compilation of art quilts. Also exhibited at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 @ Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn NY.                       Long arm quilting by Angie Woolman.           

 

Extrapolating

Extrapolating

2012 Size: 90"h x 43"w Price: $4500

Extrapolating juggles with repeating forms. Similar shapes and colors reoccur at both top and bottom matrix.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015; at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA; and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 in the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.

Originating

Originating

2012 Size: 54"h x 53"w Price: $3700

Originating is the first of the Agglomerations series, inspired by the image of Gerhard Richter squeege-applying color to his paintings. White skipped over greens, reds, blues, yellows.

It was selected for the exhibit "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Also juried into the "World of Threads Festival 2014", in Toronto, Ontario, and at the "Point of View" exhibit, Vanderoth Gallery in Florida.

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

2014       Size: 45"h x 40"w       Price: $1700       A time-lapse view of defragging your computer to move fragmented files --- scattered across the hard drive ---  into contiguous, more efficient, locations.

Exhibited at Texas Quilt Museum's "On the Fringe" show, sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).

Chromatic Shuttling

Chromatic Shuttling

2013 Size: 25"h x 25" w Price: $500

‘Chromatic Shuttling’ employs color, movement and light to convey emotional states or abstract images. Shapes, stitching patterns, and the wavering lines of texture reflect the uncertainties of life.

Exhibited at “Lines into Shapes” a show in the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO.

Syncopating

Syncopating

2013 Size: 40" h x 26" w SOLD

In Syncopating color and shapes are skipping down the field. A tension develops within the matrix. Curved cutting chops the elements into irregular volumes, changing the tempo of the dance. Light and color streak across the surface like liquid paint stuttering across the canvas.

Shown at the "Structure" exhibit @ ARC Gallery, Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.

Sold to Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Body Electric

2015 Size: 51"h x 46"w Price: $3000

Images of indigo-dyed spinal columns, x-rays of knees, splashes of light and color.

Recipe: Contrast these impressions of rough spinal columns and abstract bones with elegant x-rays of my knees. Add splashes and swirls of light and color. Compose in elongated columns.

Will be in a SAQA show, Metamorphosis, and on tour until December 2021. Also exhibited at AQM 2016 (the Artist as Quilt Maker) FAVA, Oberlin, OH

Irregularity

2016    Size: 29"h x 56"w           Price: $1800

"Clinkers" are misshapen bricks that slumped or“exploded” in the kiln, rejected until the Arts and Craft movement in California, rediscovered them. The irregularities were considered natural, organic, exciting. Rescued from discard piles, they were incorporated in chimneys, walls and pillars. Especially as seen in bright overhead sunlight, the darker colors and irregular shapes of clinker bricks brought brick walls alive with movement and interest.

Design challenges are the fertilizer for much of man’s creativity, in quilts as elsewhere in art. Can hard fired clay textures be expressed through fabric piecing and thread texturing? Reflecting, incorporating the light, the shadows and complex, aged colors.

The back of this piece has photographed details of clinker brick walls photographed at a fraternity house in Berkeley CA that wasdesigned by Greene & Greene Architects.

Acrobatics

2016       Size: 56"h x 108"w (triptych)     Price: $3000

‘Acrobatics’ is designed in fabric rectangles, elongated pieces, to approximate brushstrokes in color paintings where many bits create an overall look, somewhere between pointillism and impressionism. In this triptych, repeats of printed imagery act as themes and color marks. The clusters interact and form networks of light and color. Panels are distinct in overall coloration, but continuous in format and taches, or strokes, of color and pattern. My focus in this group --- both color and rhythm

Named ‘Acrobatics’, 'Between Acts’ and ‘Tumbling’ these three related panels have sketches in thread, that cross over panel edges to continue into the next piece. The quilting stitches illustrate illusory trapezes, nets, and swinging motions.  

Darkness Visible

2014 Size: 93" h x 41" w Price: $3500

To me, seeing darkness also means seeing its antagonist … or perhaps its companion … light. The title comes from John Milton's description of hell in "Paradise Lost" -- "No light, but rather darkness visible..."

Materials: cotton and silk fabrics, some hand dyes, batiks, batting, threads. Photo by: Don Tuttle

Juried into the Quilts=Art=Quilts 2016 exhibition at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY. It has also exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015.

Benthos

2014 Size: 63" h x 42"w SOLD.

Benthic regions exist on, in or under the sea floor --- from tide pools inshore, out along the continental shelf, to the bottom of the abyss. In these environments a whole ecology of benthos exists, e.g. sponges and clams, starfish, sand dabs, snails, sea worms. Sunlight may penetrate the water. Phytoplankton and air bubbles travel up the water columns; algae drift downwards.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Published in Portfolio 22- SAQA's art quilt compendium.

Photo credit: Don Tuttle

Accelerating - Decelerating

2013 Size: 48"h x 33"w Price: $2000

Shapes, spacing and colors lead to rhythmic tensions in this composition. It’s all about light and movement, scribble and swish.

The hot hues add to the sense of speed, heat, and spice, while the quilting lines wriggle and dance down the canvas.

Toured for two years in the SAQA exhibit "Color Wheel of Emotions". It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015

Evaporating

2013 Size: 49"h x 45"w Price: $2500

Very delicate pastel colors almost seem to melt into one another.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015

Composing Colors

2013      Size:  74"w x 94"h                  Price: $8000.

Composing Colors has four repeating grids, with similar shapes and colors in each matrix. These are arranged in suites of bright colors, darks, greyed hues, and neons, as seen in reading order. The agglomeration of shapes to build up a composition also refers to our traditional, historical ways of organizing a quilt pattern.

Juried into Art Quilt Elements, Wayne PA, in 2016. Also "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Included in a small solo exhibit of my work featured at the "World of Threads Festival - 2014" in Oakville, Ontario, near Toronto. Composing Colors is published in SAQA's Portfolio 21, a compilation of art quilts. Also exhibited at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 @ Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn NY.                       Long arm quilting by Angie Woolman.           

 

Extrapolating

2012 Size: 90"h x 43"w Price: $4500

Extrapolating juggles with repeating forms. Similar shapes and colors reoccur at both top and bottom matrix.

It has exhibited in "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015; at The Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont CA; and at Q=A=Q (Quilts-Art=Quilts) 2013 in the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.

Originating

2012 Size: 54"h x 53"w Price: $3700

Originating is the first of the Agglomerations series, inspired by the image of Gerhard Richter squeege-applying color to his paintings. White skipped over greens, reds, blues, yellows.

It was selected for the exhibit "Of Line and Color" at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO in 2015. Also juried into the "World of Threads Festival 2014", in Toronto, Ontario, and at the "Point of View" exhibit, Vanderoth Gallery in Florida.

Defragging: a Time-lapse View

2014       Size: 45"h x 40"w       Price: $1700       A time-lapse view of defragging your computer to move fragmented files --- scattered across the hard drive ---  into contiguous, more efficient, locations.

Exhibited at Texas Quilt Museum's "On the Fringe" show, sponsored by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates).

Chromatic Shuttling

2013 Size: 25"h x 25" w Price: $500

‘Chromatic Shuttling’ employs color, movement and light to convey emotional states or abstract images. Shapes, stitching patterns, and the wavering lines of texture reflect the uncertainties of life.

Exhibited at “Lines into Shapes” a show in the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, CO.

Syncopating

2013 Size: 40" h x 26" w SOLD

In Syncopating color and shapes are skipping down the field. A tension develops within the matrix. Curved cutting chops the elements into irregular volumes, changing the tempo of the dance. Light and color streak across the surface like liquid paint stuttering across the canvas.

Shown at the "Structure" exhibit @ ARC Gallery, Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA.

Sold to Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Body Electric
Irregularity
Acrobatics
Darkness Visible
Benthos
Accelerating - Decelerating
Evaporating
Composing Colors
Extrapolating
Originating
Defragging: a Time-lapse View
Chromatic Shuttling
Syncopating