PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Compton Union Gallery will open “At One with Thread,” a new exhibit of pieced work and appliquÃ© by Moscow artist Louise Barber on Feb. 3-21.
The gallery’s hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. but will be closed Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
Barber said she is beginning to investigate appliquÃ© as a primary means of expressing what she responds to in nature and in life–to explore her love affair with the Palouse. She moved to the area some 20 years ago after growing up back east and spending several years in Europe. While immediately taken with the beauty of the Palouse’s “sea of hills,” Barber said she had to live it, live in it and walk it before attempting to capture it in her artwork. Her love affair with the West has also led her to curate exhibits and give presentations on the Nez Perce tribe and the Anglos who came to live among them.
Barber said she is swept away by the color and pattern of fabrics, leading her to create a series of pieced and appliquÃ©d jackets for friends to wear or exhibit as wall art. She uses a kimono style jacket as its simplicity and economy of style is the perfect showcase for the juxtaposition and proportions of choices of fabrics.
Barber’s preparation for her art has included the study of painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, a degree in art history from the University of North Carolina, work as a graphic designer, and “experiencing life and relationships and stockpiling feelings and ideas.”