July 28 — September 10, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Members/Free, Non-members/$10
About the Exhibit
Nancy N. Erickson is a nationally recognized fiber artist. Her artwork recognizes the individual dignity of wild creatures, often juxtaposing them with people or human environments. Since the 1960s, she has created remarkable fabric constructions, quilts, paintings, and drawings and is renowned for her pioneering organic free-floating quilted paintings. This exhibition features her large-scale, free-form textile compositions which were inspired by the cave art found at Chauvet Pont d'Arc and Lascaux.
Erickson was raised on a cattle ranch in Livingston, Montana. She holds a BA in Zoology and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Iowa, and an MA and MFA from the University of Montana. Her work resides in numerous public and private collections and has been featured in over 500 exhibitions nationally, most recently in a fiber work invitational in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Museum of Art & Design in New York, and in 2013 at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in Missoula.
This is the second exhibition of a contemporary Montana artist organized and circulated by MAGDA and offered at an extremely reduced rental fee in an effort to make quality exhibitions available to the entire MAGDA membership.
About the Artist
Montanan Nancy N. Erickson has been making her strikingly beautiful and evocative art for nearly forty years. She has produced a stream of provocative, sobering, sometimes playful, often unusual juxtapositions of images of people and animals in their habitats. Her use of color, line, shapes, light, and varied fabrics and fabric paints has become increasingly complex and sophisticated.
Her work shows a restless interest in the confines and limitations of quilting traditions.
Her skills as a painter have kept pace with her ever-growing expertise with fibers, so that her “painted quilts” or “quilteds” have become more painterly over the last two decades. Her concerns with human/animal continuity through space and time are masterfully envisioned and executed in her present work, as is the more intimate concern with the possibility of familar or even domestic mutuality in relations between humans and other mammals.
Her works often carry an implicit polemical warning to us to attend to the dangers that human technology and carelessness have wrought for all living creatures and for the Earth.
Complex, alarmed, sad, hopeful, and gorgeously powerful work keeps unfolding in the Dancing Rabbit Studios of Nancy N. Erickson.