Copyright 2015. Brenda Helt, Fine Artist. All rights reserved.
Acrylic and molding paste on gallery-wrapped canvas with an acrylic satin varnish and built-in mounting bracket.
The title is painted on the inch and a half wide bottom edge of the canvas frame, where it can be viewed from below, but doesn't interfere with the picture itself.
48" x 36" x 1.5"
The subject was inspired by the ancient Sicilian town of Taormina, Italy; the style was inspired by traditional quilting techniques long practiced by women in the States: the blocking patterns of the traditional patchwork quilts of the Plains States, the idiosyncratic irregularity of the crazy-quilt, and the geometrically placed remnant-strips technique traditional to the African American women of Gee's Bend, Alabama. In this painting, then, the predominantly male Italian tradition of building construction meets the predominantly female North American tradition of quilt-making.