United States, Jennifer Raish, 'Path' Quilt
Path (2021) is an art quilt that Raish began years ago. Here she plays with form via improv curves and evokes a sense of movement through space - a path. The patch of clouds is an element she added more recently, to further suggest a landscape horizon as well as a spiritual journey. While clouds have been a recurring theme over the years in Raish’s art, here they were added at a time when her own Buddhist practice was a central aspect of her daily life. A common Buddhist guidance is to liken the mind to the sky, the thoughts to passing clouds. While the overall sewing construction is neat and proper, with invisibly faced edges, the raw edges of the cloud fabric are left exposed and unraveled. A balance of rough and tidy technique is common in Raish’s work. Path is hand- and machine-sewn.
Materials are cotton, sourced locally from small businesses, except the batting which has 20% polyester content. It is approximately 69cm square. There are white thread loops for hanging.