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Martha Ressler

Martha Ressler

Hamburg, PA

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Artist Statement

I have a strong sense that “this is my time on earth. It had a beginning and it will have an ending. I share this time on earth with an abundance of other people.” Along with that is an intense sense of place. Most of my work is about these two concepts. The works say, “Here is this place, where I saw, breathed and absorbed the atmosphere. Here are some artifacts from other people who share my time on earth.”
I work with fabrics. Their colors and textures have filled my life, since I learned to sew at age 13. In high school I made all of my clothing including my prom dress and Easter coat. Now I use those sewing skills and love of fabric to make Studio Art Quilts: stitched collages of fabric, found objects and papers.
I use both hand embroidery and machine free motion stitching. I like the look of both.
I was a painter before turning to Studio Art Quilts, and some of that painterly sense remains.

 

 

Distracted Riding by Martha Ressler

 

Across the Meadow by Martha Ressler

 

South Carolina Dawn by Martha Ressler

 

Walking Sketches by Martha Ressler

 

Bones by Martha Ressler

 

Fields to Gogh by Martha Ressler

 

Real Food Grown in Healthy Soil by Martha Ressler

 

Red Shed Orange Door in Yellow House PA by Martha Ressler

 

In the Morning I am so Tall by Martha Ressler

 

Ice Cream Day by Martha Ressler

 

The Detritus of Working Class Lives by Martha Ressler

 

Eastward Ho by Martha Ressler

 

When the Sky Rained Fire by Martha Ressler

 

River of Industry by Martha Ressler

 

Sky Over the Allegheny by Martha Ressler

 

Coupler on Train by Martha Ressler

 

Butler Street Afternoon by Martha Ressler

 

Morning on 50th Street by Martha Ressler

 

Lilac Bush on Dresden Way by Martha Ressler

 

Allegheny Valley by Martha Ressler

 

Across the Tracks by Martha Ressler

 

Charging the Arc Furnace by Martha Ressler

 

Pouring by Martha Ressler

 

The Melter by Martha Ressler

 

Tapping the First Heat by Martha Ressler

 

The Welder by Martha Ressler

 

The Grinder by Martha Ressler