Dazzle, Pattern, Color, Bling: The Alluring Patterns of Liz Quisgard
Dazzle, Pattern, Color, Bling: The Alluring Patterns of Liz Quisgard brings together works from the last several decades of Quisgard’s career – precise paintings inspired by Byzantine architectural elements and Oriental rugs and wood-turned sculptures embellished with complex geometric patterns. Quisgard’s most recent work is in fiber, meticulously created in intricate geometric and organic shapes in yarn on fabric.
Liz Whitney Quisgard has been creating art for most of her 92 years. She attributes her longevity and success to being dedicated, stubborn, and even a little arrogant. In Quisgard’s estimation, these are the required qualities of a serious artist. Quisgard makes no pretense about creating art that is purely decorative with the simple goal of delighting our eyes.
“In my youthful, ‘truth-seeking’ days,” she says, “I wrote reams of justification for my work. Now that the work has matured, and I, simultaneously, put less and less value on truth, whatever that is, words have become irrelevant. So, when called upon to explain what I do, I am inclined to say, ‘What you see is what you get.’ Couched in this flippant response is a firm conviction that the visual arts are exactly that – visual. No meanings. No preachments. No symbols!”