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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.

 

Smoke and Sparks

Art Quilts

Collage

Oil Paintings