“Special Spaces/ Personal Places”
In Residence: December 1 – January 3, 2004
Opening Reception: December 19
Exhibition: continues through January 3, 2004
Terrie Mangat is an internationally known textile artist from Taos, New Mexico. Ms. Mangat has been generally credited with pioneering and popularizing embellishment on contemporary quilts since the early 1970’s. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1970 with a degree in Art, and has exhibited and taught quilt making both around the US and abroad for 30 years. Her work has been shown in such venues as the San Jose Quilt Museum, the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in New York, the San Diego Historical Society and the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. In 2000, “Dashboard Saints: In Memory of Saint Christopher, Who Lost His Magnetism” was named one of the Top 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century.
Ms. Mangat’s quilts are mixed media and often depict something that she has seen or observed. Due to mastery of her technique, she is equally comfortable with pictorial, traditional or abstract expressions. The subject matter of her work generally falls into the categories of personal experience, social and political philosophy, and cultural and ethnographic appreciation. In addition to being a world-recognized quilt maker, Ms. Mangat designs and prints fabric. She has created acclaimed designs for several commercial fabric houses. She also has constructed her own screen-printing studio where she practices the technical aspects of printing her hand drawn gouache designs on silk and cotton.
Ms. Mangat is fascinated by the kinds of spaces children universally and ritually make for themselves, from towels draped over lawn chairs to camps built in the woods. In her residency at PlatteForum, Ms. Mangat will lead a Learning Lab of pictorial exploration of childhood personal spaces by the youth who will create these tents like spaces out of recycled materials. The youth will use items like recycled wood, painted canvas, recycled fabric, buttons and wire. The imagery expressing the kid’s ideas will be painted, embroidered, printed and built into the proposed configuration.
This will be a special holiday residency at PlatteForum, a “destination” installation that will be open to the public from December 19 to January 3.