Her work has been exhibited in galleries and juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
In the Durham Herald Sun, Alice’s work has been described as...
"…abstract quilted paintings of deep personal and universal faith... a symphony of color, technique, and art." (Blue Greenberg, January 2002).
How I work
Creating complex cloth
I am the daughter of a master seamstress and the grand-daughter of a tailor. Perhaps this explains my affinity to working with cloth, needle, and thread. Starting generally with white cloth, silk, cotton, canvas, I build a complex surface of color, image, and texture through dyeing, painting, or printing with fabric dyes and textile pigments and resists. These processes are applied and reapplied, layering one atop the other until a rich and ‘complex’ surface is achieved.
Building a piece
The fabric is cut or torn and their pieces e mixed and melded as I assemble my work. There is great pleasure in finding coherence among disparate elements. Often edges are left raw and unbound. All layers of stitching from basting to embellishment are visible documenting the process of construction.
Embracing the Process
Image, line, and pattern find their way though my hands into the work in a remarkable way. My task is to stay open and responsive to the ‘voice’ of the cloth. ‘Listening ‘ with my hands as well as my eyes, Working to allow a creative flow isn’t easy, but is rewarding when I succeed. Led by the materials and my intuitive response to them, I aim to embrace the process. The time for critical review, re-direction, and editing will come later. For me this is the hallmark of artmaking. The process is primary; the outcome, secondary. Most children are natural artists, engaging with their environment in a free, non-judging, creative manner. For the rest of us, the task is learning to relax the habit of critical thinking; an exercise I endorse and one I continue to practice.
In Spring, 2013, I joined the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, a cooperative gallery ownedand operated by twenty-two local artists, a lively creative community. Come visit the gallery to view my work. Studio visits are also possible, by appointment.
Alice Engel Levinson · email@example.com · Hillsborough, NC