Emma Jane Royer | Sky Quilts

December 1 — December 30, 2022 (24th and 31st by appointment)

First Thursday Art Walk, December 1, 5-8pm
Artist talk with Scott Coffey, hosted by Alex McGuire, Dec 10th, noon

Each fabric square in the Sky Quilt is a record of a single moment. Cyanotype emulsion recorded on the textile the amount of sunlight that fell on the fabric square in ten minutes. This process was repeated every ten minutes for twenty-four hours during a long Norwegian summer day.  

Quilting reassembles these moments into a whole. The approach borrows from scientific and poetic methods. The underlying question is whether information can be represented in a way that expresses the embodied experience of the sublime.

Documenting the information and crafting the quilt required repetitive labor. The labor in turn is a record of attention. The result is a physical object. And yet this material, textile object represents experience and information that are ethereal.

Accompanying this large work are sewn sketches and ‘field notes’ in the form of tiny digital photographic details of the Arctic sky laid out as patchwork.

Untitled (Sketch for Sky Quilts); Sewn cyanotype on tarlatan, 22” x 18” x 1”, 2019, NFS
Day & Night / Sky & Water Quilt; Handtied quilt with cyanotype on tarlatan, cotton, rayon and acrylic; 70” x 46” x 2”, 2022, $3500

Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 11am – 4pm, face coverings encouraged (policy subject to change).

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Emma Jane Royer