July 28 – September 16, 2023
For this exhibit Dawn Vass uses fibers, stitching, paint and sometimes paper to create small intricate pieces, large art quilts, and some figurative sculptural pieces. Vass’s work is driven by her love of texture and color, what she can make with them and how to manipulate these elements through building layers. Whether, painting, sewing, or sculpting, the actual tactile experience is a significant driving force in her work. By tearing, stretching, and wrinkling, she connects to the raw edges of the fabric or paper. When sewing, she creates movement with the stitches; the technique becomes secondary. Her mark-making is through stitches, either with a machine or by hand. Her work is usually abstract, but sometimes evolves into the non-objective. She develops color relationships and prefers bright colors but can be drawn to more neutral tones if her inspiration is from nature.
This exhibit is an exploration of rhythm, repetition, organic shapes, and natural elements. Fabric has a long historical and cultural subtle relationship to women, which encourages Vass to explore both in her art. This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.