“Your Body of Water” Exhibit, Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Tierney Davis Hogan’s Abandoned Water Structure (2015)quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe and part of the Wardrobe Meets the Wall Collection is on exhibit April 5 – July 3, 2017 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

It is being shown as part of the Your Body of Water, Part II exhibit and was purchased from Tierney in 2016 by the City of Seattle/Seattle Public Utilities/Office of Arts & Culture.

From the Seattle.gov website for the exhibit:

Your Body of Water, Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) newest additions to their portable works collection, are a visual exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU. The poet Jourdan Keith, who created the theme, explained it to mean the following: “We are all bodies of water, connected to one another through the water web. Your Body of water is connected to streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and tides, to toilets and faucets…to present homes, childhood homes and ancestral ones by memory, by the water cycle, by stories.” The exhibition will feature 15 contemporary artworks ranging from paintings, photography, prints and sculpture.

Abandoned Water Structure was inspired by the White Falls Power Plant near Maupin, Oregon. Below is Tierney’s original photo.

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Abandoned White Falls Power Plant

Using recycled silks and linens from garment manufacturing set into a gray ombré, Tierney turned the photo into the art quilt shown below. Betty Anne Guadalupe used the same photo as her inspiration for her exquisite quilting.

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DETAIL 1: Abandoned Structure

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DETAIL 2: Abandoned Structure (2015)

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Abandoned Water Structure (2015). Designed/Pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

Here is the Artist Statement:

40″ L x 18″ W, recycled silk garment scraps, specially dyed cotton fabric

Designed and pieced by Tierney Davis Hogan; Quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe

An abandoned power plant along a river in Oregon and the austere decay of the weather worn structure inspired this collaborative piece. It  inspired my piecing of recycled silk garment sample scraps into a gray tonal variegated cotton background; and inspired the quilting by Betty Anne Guadalupe, intuitively based on the actual photograph of the decaying structure and the water flowing around it. As technological progress is made and people migrate to urban areas, there is beauty to be found in the historical weather worn abandoned structures left behind.


Update 05/25/17

The show’s curator, Deborah Paine, with the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, was kind enough to send Tierney photos of the piece in the Your Body of Water, Part II show:

Sandy Esene, Registrar for the Public Arts Program, stated that after that exhibition closes Abandoned Water Structure will go down into their artwork storage area to be selected for placement throughout the City of Seattle facilities.

For more information about the City of Seattle Office of Art & Culture’s Portable Works collection check out this link: www.seattle.gov/arts/portable-works

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