Joan Sowada’s textile pieces illustrate her interest in nature and the communion of life forces: time, pulse, place and change. Sowada uses textile paint, crayons and markers to alter the cloth. Fabrics are fused together and raw edges are machine appliqued creating a quilt top and a balance of unfinished, imperfect areas with portions clearly in focus.
Joan has lived in Gillette, Wyoming for 36 years and enjoys gardening and singing as well as her six hours a day in the studio.
By showing the fleeting moments of life I also share ideas about impermanence, observation, and relationship. I would like the viewer to remember the essence of the image, the nature of the moment, the fullness of the activity and the players within. I hope to continue making artwork that is graceful and grounded.