December 19, 2019–May 3, 2020
Member Preview Night–December 18, 2019
Bay Area multimedia artist Linda Gass creates stitched paintings and works in glass to question the relationship between humans and their environment. Informed and inspired by her extensive research on the impact of changing waterways, sea level rise, fire, and drought in California and the American West, Gass’s work uses beauty to shed light on difficult issues.
Gass paints directly onto silk using dye, adds a backing and fills it with batting, then stitches directly onto the painted fabric. These colorful, textured pieces visually index the environmental changes of specific regions. Evoking both topographical maps and comforting quilts, Gass’s work brings to light the incongruence between the safety of individual homes, and the often devastating effect environmental manipulation has on the natural ecological processes of our collective home, California.
Photo courtesy Don Tuttle.