by Judith Dierkes
Reception:Tue, Jun 25, 6:30-8pm
Threaded Thoughts of Judith Dierkes is an exhibit of works tied together by medium. Her work is best described as “quilted paintings” and fits in the current art movement called Studio Art Quilts. She has a BFA and MS from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Quilting of the canvas came after much experimenting with drawing, painting and screen printing. Both her grandmothers were traditional quliters and perhaps influenced her in that direction. Many art historians and critics consider all fiber work to be a feminist statement because the medium was traditionally “women’s work”. However, this is not your grandmother’s quilt. Dierkes uses contemporary techniques like computer images printed on fabric, fabric markers, and screen printing on fabric to allude to traditional ways of piecing fabrics together.
Judith Dierkes is originally from Tennessee. She has a BFA and MS from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her work is permanently installed in public places like the Knoxville Airport and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Her work traveled in Edge to Edge: Selections from Studio Art Quilt Associates with the Museum of American Folk Art and Roots of Racism: Ignorance and Fear with the Art in Embassies. She has participated in many solo and juried shows throughout the United States. Judith is an artist in residence with the Tennessee Arts Commission, Nevada Arts Council, and the Arkansas Arts Council where her primary residency is making quilts with kids. She teaches online art appreciation classes for a few colleges in Tennessee. She is considering offering quilting classes in her Rockwood Studio in Salt Lake City this summer.
Location: Sprague Branch
Contact Information: (801) 594-8640