I've written about my new volunteer gig, helping to catalog the "International Honor Quilt" collection of panels that were made to accompany Judy Chicago's Dinner Party installation. What I'm finding as I go through the boxes is fascinating, so I'll share some of it with you as I work.
My favorite piece in the first 200 panels I've catalogued is this one, by Ana Lupas:
The panel stood out from the others -- not pretty, not earnest, not awkward or amateurish, despite its seemingly haphazard construction. It's the only one I've seen so far that strikes me as art rather than as decoration.
She expanded her work to installations and happenings, especially outdoors where she was among the earliest Land Art practitioners and strongly influenced many of her fellow artists in Eastern Europe. She would enlist people from villages to construct wreaths, towers and other forms from straw, then leave them outside for years to weather and disintegrate. Predating Christo's Running Fence, she had 100 women help her cover an entire hill with clotheslines of wet linens.
I'm afraid she will remain a mystery to me; her work calls out to me across the years but leaves me hungry for more.
This is cross-posted to Ragged Cloth Cafe, a blog about art.