“Not your grandmother’s quilt” is one way in which the work of Bisa Butler has been described. The fiber artist creates startling portraits and scenes with fabric, each its own complicated collection of colors and choices by the artist. And the subjects of each work span various points of history and countries.
Traditional quilting meets a unconventional use of textile art in San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ upcoming exhibition, “Found/Made.” Curated by Roderick Kiracofe, the exhibit brings together quilts of historic and unknown origin with those by contemporary artists, including Ben Venom (covered here), Clay Lohmann, Joe Cunningham, Luke Haynes, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Sarah Nishiura, and Theresa May. Their works match their predecessors’ classic techniques, but depart to tell a modern narrative.