Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed)

A project for AXENÉO7 (Gatineau, Canada), 2018

 
 
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Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed) (2018)

 

Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed) was presented at AXENÉO7, June 6 - July 7, 2018 as part of the exhibition Adding Softly, Hardly Subtracting: Jessica Bell & Robert Taite.

Exhibition text excerpt:
Jessica Bell presents, on the floor, an enormous quilt made entirely by hand. Laborious and careful at the same time, it consists of 40 patchworks of muslin fabric meticulously dyed and painted, one by one, at the artist’s home. Using a traditional quilt design — Drunkard’s Path — and through means of repetition, Bell constructs, deconstructs and reconstructs her painting gestures into a plethora of pictorial surfaces that behave like sculpture. The distinct forms of each piece converge into abstract patterns subjected to manipulation and transformation and are only temporarily assembled for the moment of the exhibition. In anticipation of possible iterations, the quilt remains formally and physically tangible: manageable, flexible and moreover fragile.

List of works:
Document for Forty Days and Forty Nights (making the bed): Quilt for the rain
2018

Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed): Quilt for the rain
2018
Hand-dyed and hand-painted muslin, polyester quilt batting, invisible zippers and thread
16 double-sided quilt blocks
48 x 48 x 4 inches (122 x 122 x 10 centimetres) each

Document for Forty Days and Forty Nights (making the bed): Quilt for the sun
2018

Forty Days and Forty Nights (Making the bed): Quilt for the sun
2018
Hand-dyed and hand-painted muslin, polyester quilt batting, invisible zippers and thread
24 double-sided quilt blocks
48 x 48 x 4 inches (122 x 122 x 10 centimetres) each

Travel assistance for this exhibition was provided by the British Columbia Arts Council.

Images by Julia Martin