Geography, geomorphology and ancient civilisations have inspired much of my art. My first original designs, combining paint with stitch and found objects, celebrated colour and texture in landscape. In USA from 1987-94 I learned American geometric patchwork. The American Southwest renewed my interest in expressions of nature and spirituality of ancient Man, inspiring my Ancient Expressions series. Recent work has focused on Time producing change on all surfaces, including our own.
My quilted contemporary mixed media works, in dimensions ranging from 30cm to 250cm, are assemblies of line and rhythm in colour and texture. Using low tech methods including improvisational piecing, I produce works to project drama or add a note of tranquillity to a décor, while absorbing harsh sounds common in modern interiors with lots of shiny surfaces.
I publish a blog, effectively a visual diary www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/
I exhibit regularly in USA and Australia, teach masterclass workshops and welcome opportunities to speak to textile art groups. My work is for sale, and I will seriously consider a commission. Please contact me for further information.
Sweat Of The Sun; Tears Of The Moon
Retail Price: AUD$4000.00
Dimensions: 60 x 125cm (H x W)
Statement: To explain the forces and resources of Nature, most civilisations deified the sun, moon, planets and stars, attributing to them seasonal rhythms, productivity, birth, fertility, fecundity, life and death. The Incas believed the metal gold was the Sweat of The Sun, and Tears of The Moon were real silver.
Exhibitions:Invitational, Gramado, Brasil September 2019
Photographer: Eduardo Baldizan