Linda Green combines two folk traditions - quilting and storytelling in her work. Using fabric, beading and intricate hand stitching, seasoned with a quirky sense of humor Green creates whimsical storied art quilts. The bold, vibrant colors of the work hit us immediately, but it is the detail and intricate stitching that amaze us and show us the amount of time and love that went into each piece.
Green’s women are of particular interest. Their irregular Picasso-esque features juxtaposed with the embellishment of their wildlife head dresses make for interesting contemporary art. Coupled with a visual narrative this work could be called Cubist Folk.
The work in this exhibit shows a more fanciful side to the artist than last year’s and demonstrates her growth with this medium. The formal aspects of art making – space, form, flow are present while still maintaining the folksiness of the tradition.
In Green’s own words she tells us of her journey in making this wonderful art.
“Art has many forms; mine is textured and shaped with color, fabric and thread. Quilting has been a large part of my life of expression for the past nine years. I started by learning how to create baby quilts for grandchildren and others. My venture into art quilts began about a year ago when I joined a group of art quilters…the Fort Myers Art Quilters Unlimited group, a very talented cadre of artists who encouraged me to expand my “voice” of artistic expression”
Green has shown and sold her popular quilts for many years. This is her second exhibit at Watson MacRae. Green will have her first solo exhibit this summer at the Center Gallery in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Originally from Chicago, Green spent many years in Northern Michigan and now lives and sews on Sanibel Island, Florida with her husband Rich.