Sunday, November 27, 2011

EDNA PATTERSON PETTY to speak on African American Quilts at Ottawa Art Gallery

You and your fellow quilters are invited to a talk and show & tell with
Contemporary Quilt Artist
Edna Patterson-Petty
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 – 4:00pm
WHERE: The Ottawa Art Gallery at The Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
COST: Free
The contemporary art-quilts of East St. Louis, Illinois artist Edna J. Patterson-Petty are improvisational and 'jazzy' in their aesthetic quality. They function as conveyors of memories and histories of place – slavery, race and racism, community and self-emancipation. The quilts in this exhibition not only speak about adversity, they are testaments of the inventiveness of African-American culture as expressed in the syncopated jazz beat.

A consummate recycler, Patterson-Petty creates her colourful art out of scraps of cotton and silk fabrics, old clothing, organic and non-organic materials found primarily around her home. In her quilts, Patterson-Petty fuses traditional quilt-making techniques from European, African-American and African cultures and extends them to produce visual narratives that employ a distinct appliqué collage aesthetic. The quilts seem to go against the grain of the rigid geometric structure associated with traditional quilts. They are pictorial compositions that are infused with histories, as well as collective stories about the current socio-political moment.

Seen together, the works in Edna Patterson-Petty: African-American Contemporary Quilts provide us with an encounter with African-American experiences and stories told through her spirited improvisational process of remaking and refashioning.
- Andrea Fatona, Guest Curator, Ottawa Art Gallery
RSVP required as seating is limited. Please email

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Kate Brown • Cultural Affairs Assistant • U.S. Embassy Ottawa
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