Maybe you beg to differ with that title. But I’m here to present to you Gainesville, FL artist Amy Vigilante, who does indeed create artistically meaningful, strikingly graphic quilts. These aren’t your grandma’s bedspreads. Vigilante’s quilts are modern interpretations of an old world craft.
Make no mistake, these aren’t quilts to cuddle up in on the sofa. These are intricate works of textile art. As is my usual m.o., I find the backs just as wonderful and interesting as the fronts.. ( see the pair above & below ).
Vigilante’s Garment Series includes works constructed using found female garments such as lingerie and swimsuits. This series seems to perhaps speak to the common female obsession with fashion, “heirlooms” of our past and domesticity mixed with sexuality.
More striking for me, however, are her more geometric works. These have a tremendous sense of composition and movement.
Please visit Amy Vigilante’s website to see more of her work. If you’re in the North Florida area, her work will be on display as part of the A Woman’s World show, opening this Thursday 12/17, presented by C Gallery at Daryl Bunn Studios. This show is a mix of some spectacularly talented established and emerging artists. Not to be missed!
Featured image is Frida ( back ), fabric, found objects and thread, 52×49. All images are via the artist’s website.