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Quilt #17

1982 Pamela Studstill Born: San Antonio, Texas 1954 cotton and paint 63 3/4 x 60 3/4 in. (161.9 x 154.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick 1993.54.17 Not currently on view

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Quilt #17
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"I like all that pattern; I like the way it moves. It's like the background buzz on a TV screen, without form or meaning. To me, that shimmering quality is the mark of a successful quilt." Pam Studstill, Creative Ideas for Living, 1988

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Pam Studstill gives her pieces numbers instead of titles because she does not want the viewer to think about anything except the patterns and colors within the quilt. Quilt #17 is an early example of the artist's intricate designs. She interrupted the geometric regularity of the quilt by varying the strips of color within each square. The colors gradually shift from light to dark across the quilt, highlighting the pale lines that appear to travel in all directions across the patterned surface.


Abstract - geometric

decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - cotton