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I am Here

Debbie Grifka


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I am Here

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I am Here is about the two "me"s. One is the mother, wife, daughter, friend, and community member who cares deeply about the people around her, in our country, and the world. The other is the artist who just wants everyone to go away, leave me alone, and let me get some work done! While these two may not be perfectly merged, they do work in harmony most of the time. I wanted the "X"s in this piece to be big and gestural. The echo quilting represents my interactions with others.

60"H × 60"W × 0.25"D
Wall Hangings
Cotton fabric, thread, batting


Walking into a fabric store as a child, I would run my hand over all the bolts of fabric as I passed them. That love of texture has never left me. Over time I have expressed that love as a garment maker, then a quilter, and now as a textile artist. I'm never happier or more at peace than when I'm creating and stitching. My current work explores the intersection of drama and serenity through the use of line. I'm fascinated by trying to find out how much I can distill and take away while continuing to convey the essence of my subject or idea. I often work in black and white which further assists in keeping the focus on line.

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