Sunday, January 5, 2014

Another Panic Attack--A Wall Hanging

This wall hanging is titled, "Another Panic Attack," which I made to enter in a Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) show called, "I'm Not Crazy."

My artist's statement:

Someone close to me suffers from panic disorder. Based on my observations, I depicted an attack where blackout closes in on a chaotic emotional state.

Description of the piece:

Size: height x width, in inches 34 x 29.5
Year Completed: 2012
Materials and techniques: Cotton batiks, seed beads, sequins, yarn, 3D paint; appliqué, reverse appliqué, hand embroidery, machine quilting

Here was the show prospectus:

 Theme: Mental illness carries with it a stigma; many of us have experience with disorders, temporary or permanent, curable or not, that in the past and in some cultures even today would be labeled as crazy. That stigma can make it difficult to admit its effect on our loved ones or ourselves. Disorders as common as anxiety or depression, or less common, like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder, can have a devastating effect on families and friends, and on ourselves. Negativity towards those who have these disorders often causes many people to keep the diagnosis hidden from friends and family.

· What does “crazy” look like?
· What does it feel like?
· How does the world look through the eyes of someone experiencing a panic attack or depression or other mental disorder?
· How does loving or caring for someone with a mental disorder look and feel?

We’re looking for work that covers these experiences: from the eyes of the caregiver, the friend, the family member, and, of course, those who have experienced any of these disorders themselves. Your work can reflect the disorder or the chaos it holds on our lives, it can be humorous, it can be sad, it can be crazy or incredibly calm.

Juror: Sue Reno
Sue Reno is an award-winning fiber artist who lives and works in Lancaster County, PA. Her work focuses on the natural world and historic architectural themes. She exhibits widely in art, fine craft, and quilt venues, and her work has been selected for the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program. She has been a SAQA Professional Artist Member since 2009. Sue has served as a juror for Sacred Threads in 2009 and 2011, and for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 2011.

A catalog of the show, available on Amazon, was published with my piece on the cover.

The show traveled to the following venues:

 August 16-19, 2012 Exhibit opening: World Quilt Show--New England X
Radisson Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH
September 13-16, 2012 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Philadelphia Area, PA
October 11-14, 2012 Pacific International Quilt Festival XXI
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
November 8-10, 2012 World Quilt Show – Florida IV
Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
February 21-24, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV
Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA
February 28-March 3, 2013 The Quilt Fest of New Jersey IX
Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ
May 2-5, 2013 Denver National Quilt Festival VIII
Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO

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