Art on View: Flora

Pieces of earth-tone colored fabric cut in shapes to look like Jack in the Pulpit plant, quilted on a dark background.

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the Pulpit). Detail. ©Jenny Knavel

“Flora,” art quilts by Jenny Knavel, will be on view in the Steinhauer Trust Gallery in September and October.

The exhibit of quilts merges a traditional American art form with digital technology. Knavel invents patterns and simulated textures, then prints the designs on cotton fabric with a large-format ink-jet printer. The fabric is cut, pieced together, and machine quilted. Knavel’s patterns are inspired by the natural world, especially abraded surfaces and complex patterns. Her quilts investigate and fuse cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural concepts of beauty.