Christine Meuris

Bargello Works, 2016-18

The subject of my work is the translation of traditional, home-based arts executed in fabric and fiber into works on paper. In this way, I push against the barrier erected between art and craft – a barrier rooted in class and gender. In Bargello Works, I distill the elements of pattern, color, geometry and symmetry used in Bargello needlepoint. From a distance, the images look faint and uniform but when the viewer looks closely, there is variability and vibrancy in the hand painted lines.  Begun during the presidential campaign and election of 2016, these works were my meditative, studio-based act of resistance. Upholding the dignity of visual traditions born of “women’s work” was a statement.

Snoflake
Snoflake

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2016 In private collection.

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Snoflake, detail
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Crop Circles
Crop Circles

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2016

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Crop Circles, detail
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Bales
Bales

Acrylic ink on paper. 18"x22", 2017 In private collection.

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Bales, detail
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Flamework
Flamework

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Flamework, detail
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Tulips
Tulips

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Tulips, detail
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Green Gentian
Green Gentian

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Green Gentian, detail
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Primrose
Primrose

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Primrose, detail
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Ripple
Ripple

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Ripple, detail
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Flanders Poppy
Flanders Poppy

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2017

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Flanders Poppy, detail
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Solar
Solar

Acrylic ink on paper. 22"x22", 2018

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Solar, detail
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