Quilt #17

  • Pamela Studstill, Quilt #17, 1982, cotton, paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick, 1993.54.17

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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.

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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
Title
Quilt #17
Artists
Date
1982
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
63 3/4 x 60 3/4 in. (161.9 x 154.3 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of KPMG Peat Marwick

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1993.54.17
Palette
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