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Fabric assemblages of China Marks

Now showing at the Jessie Wilber Gallery is an exhibit by China Marks. The artist will give a gallery talk on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6pm.

Not quilts, not collages, these pieced and stitched fabric assemblages pique one’s curiosity. The spliced imagery is quirky, surreal and slightly ominous. And that grabs our attention. China’s New York studio is glutted with innumerable cloth swatches of both contemporary and historic fabrics. This forms her primary palette, Countering tradition, the artist dispenses with sketches or other preliminary planning and launches directly into actualizing these eccentric narratives. Fabric scraps prepared with fusible backing are combined with unprepared printed pieces until a composition emerges. Then China temporarily fuses these fragments through ironing them together. These assembled fabric cutouts are then joined more permanently through laborious, zigzag stitching.

Be sure to see this amazing and unique work! For more information, contact Ellen Ornitz at ellen@theemerson.org.

Update: There will also be a gallery talk by Willem Volkersz @ 6pm during Artwalk 9/10.