Soft and Hard Elements

“I am driven by my relentless urge to describe feelings through materiality.” - the artist

Salvaged, 2017, Canvas and thread, 5 x 5 inches, $200

Salvaged, 2017, Canvas and thread, 5 x 5 inches, $200

Conceptually, my work is based on the tension or the stagnation that is generated through managing emotional balance.  The journey is never smooth; therefore, I aim to capture the varying stages that emerge.

Fortitude, 2017, Industrial felt, nails, and window screening, 24 x 24 x 20 inches, $800

Fortitude, 2017, Industrial felt, nails, and window screening, 24 x 24 x 20 inches, $800

Materially, I am inspired by soft and hard elements clashing together; the transformation of weird or ugly things into something that is delicate and perceived as beautiful; and the act of stitching and binding elements. Ultimately, I hope to evoke an alluring outcome from the pain.

Layered, 2017, Polyester organza and embroidery thread, 10 x 14 inches, $500

Layered, 2017, Polyester organza and embroidery thread, 10 x 14 inches, $500

As a sculptural fiber and materials artist, I am drawn to the transformation of flexible materials.  My work tends to be varied in appearance but it focuses around the central theme of hard against soft, which is the physical embodiment of maintaining emotional balance.

Renewed, 2016, vinyl, hand dyed monofilament, thread, poly-fil, and plywood, 12 x 24 x 96 inches, $1500

Renewed, 2016, vinyl, hand dyed monofilament, thread, poly-fil, and plywood, 12 x 24 x 96 inches, $1500

About the artist:

Liz Hamilton Quay is the Assistant Professor of Textiles and Material Studies at Kutztown University. She followed her passion for the manipulation of fabric to earn her MFA at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in Fibers and Material Studies. Her journey began at Kutztown University, where she proudly received her bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a BFA in Craft, concentrating in Fibers. Her creative approach is based on her natural curiosity for materials and a joy for making. Through a variety of techniques ranging from traditional fibers to digital formats such as video, she creates work that explores innate visceral feelings. Her work has been featured in venues such as, Ceres Gallery | New York, Excellence in Fibers online gallery through Fiber Art Now publications, and awarded first prize in “other media” at the AAH 90th Annual International Juried Exhibition.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.lizhamiltonquay.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @lizhamiltonquay.


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