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Artist Smith, Debra M. (American, b. 1971)
Title Memory Trace 2
Date 2016
Medium Silk
Material Fabric
Technique Pieced vintage silk
Height (in) 30
Width (in) 24
Credit line Museum purchase
Notes Debra M. Smith has the aesthetic sensibilities of a painter, but rather than applying pigment to a fabric support, Smith creates her compositions from a palette of already-dyed textiles. These she cuts by hand into geometric shapes, manipulating a limited range of colors and patterns within the grid of an intuitive, planar abstraction. Her practice involves the stitching together and overlapping of silk fabric derived from Japanese kimonos, suit linings, and neckties. Smith hopes that the specific histories of the fabric she chooses might suggest narrative connections to other cultures and times.
Object ID 2017.02.02
Object Type Drawing