The Milwaukee Art Quilters

The Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ) make contemporary art quilts, pursue exhibit and competition opportunities, and support each other’s artistic growth.

Meet Judy Zoelzer Levine

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Judy has done a series called Bodies of Evidence and I would like to share this with you.  This is what Judy had to say….

I find it fascinating that every person approaches fiber with his/her own associations with the medium.  I like challenging their perceptions by taking a familiar material and reshaping it into something new, something different, and something unexpected.

My current work grew out of trying to simplify the meaning and images of my quilts.  In an effort to strip away extraneous elements and concentrate on the focus of my quilts, I arrived at a simplified design that offered an abundance of possibilities.  The simple design forces a concentration on the image.  The image is then manipulated to express various social comments within the confines of the form.

The “Body of Evidence” series explores female imagery.  The series explores not only the design image of the female torso but also the way women are viewed in our society.  Women are viewed as sex symbols useful for selling product.  Lady Liberty inspires patriotism.  Guardian Angels are almost always female.  Joan of Arc embodies the idea that we can conquer any adversity if we only believe in ourselves enough.  Women, hearth and home symbolized true happiness in the ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.  Women and their efforts are often overlooked.  They are ignored, physically and mentally abused, and forced into bondage.

Textiles are associated with everyday life, with domesticity and the women’s domain.  This association of the medium is used to focus on the everyday assumptions of women’s roles.


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