Here is a current gallery of my art works. For inquiries please e-mail me at alexiaabegg at yahoo dot com.
Alexia Marcelle Abegg
I explore the tangible representation of passing time, the act of quilting and the work left behind by generations of women before me. As a woman, I am interested in gender roles and expectations in relation to the medium of quilting; historically the work of women, work that is never ending, with an intrinsic quality of necessity as the propulsion of creation. I am reversing this tradition, with the creation of quilts not with necessity at the core, but with self expression as the catalyst of creation.
I began to work with fabric and stitches much like I had been doing with watercolor and paper. Rather than following a pattern, like the quilters of past generations in my family, I began to improvise and develop an instinctual method. When painting, the brush was a physical extension of my hand. I challenged myself to find the same fluidity with quilting and my work has grown out of this improvisational method.
The subject of each quilt, and the memory or feeling which inspired it, is expressed in my titles.
Every stitch taken is a physical act, residing in a specific space and time and is a permanent mark of the moment of creation. These stitches in time will exist for as long as the work exists, and because of it, they are an extension of my life and person.
My work is an extension of myself that has a history connecting me to thousands of women that have taken needle to fabric. Their energy and moment in time is marked by stitches in cloth, and surpasses their lifetime. Through my quilts, I am attempting to create art that calls attention to quilting as a medium not only as a decorative art, but as a form of fine art.
My artworks are all handmade, some stitched by machine and some by hand. Each quilt piece is composed and sewn based on a memory or feeling. The titles reflect the subject of each work.
You can see some photos of my processes here.