A Modern Artist’s Response
For me, the stair step design is one of the most powerful of the geometric patterns. Piece #2 (84.112) is the equivalent of a modernist painting, only made some five hundred years earlier. The main difference in the creation of the painting versus the textile is that the composition and support of the painting are integrated through the weaving process. The primary colors, the stepped design based on a simple grid, and the simplified discontinuous warp and weft of the weaving speak of the spiritual in art in the same manner as the works of Rothko and Kandinsky.
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"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association