Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exciting Exhibit--Penny Sisto

I just had the opportunity to visit fiber artist Penny Sisto's exhibit, "Prayer Banners," at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library (in southern Indiana). This is a fabulous exhibit of quilts of faith.
Several quilts depict the Virgin of Guadalupe (as in the photo above). You can also see African Guadalupe (which incorporates many different African-inspired fabrics), Folk Art Guadalupe (which blends in pieces from a red and cream quilt), and several others. As I viewed Penny's quilts, I was drawn in by her use of many many different types and textures of fabrics, paint, and hand and machine stitching. I get the idea that Penny's philosophy is "more is better!"

The faces in her pieces are unforgettable. The highlights and shadows give her work great depth and reality. My favorite piece in this exhibit is "Earth Song" (below). The eyes in this piece are quite mysterious.
The details in each piece are mind boggling. If you'd like to see the exhibit, you need to hurry; it ends on August 26. Check out the details here.

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