The Quilted Blooms collection, now on view in the Augusta & Co. Gallery, explores a juxtaposition of Augusta GA’s summer blooming trees and shrubbery with textile patterns that are traditionally found in southern quilting. This an an expression of love and nostalgia for artist Becca Anchor’s hometown.
When reflecting on her hometown, Anchor felt that the mix of patterns, colors and botanicals embraces some of the interesting and beautiful parts of “The Garden City”. Augusta would not be home for so many without its history of cotton and textile productions, the flowers are a happy blessing on top.
The tones used in this body of work allow for the viewer to visually cool off on a hot, Georgia summer day. The use of Magnolias, dogwoods, hydrangeas and other blooming plants commonly found in any southerner’s garden give a sense of home to a lot of native Augustans.
Each work has a uniquely abstracted portrayal of plant lift with hand painted fabric patterns that together have a strong sense of nostalgia and with a retro feel. Anchor utilizes wood paneling in tondas (rounded wood panels) as well as cut-to-shape panels, which add to the naturality of this exhibition.
Becca Anchor is an interdisciplinary artist that focuses on oil painting and ceramics. She is interested in using the different media and formats to explore the development of a home using sentimental patterns, plants, and architectural detailing.
Anchor received her B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from Clemson University and her M.A. in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently teaches art locally and creates in her own studio under the shop name SIFT + STACK. You can read more about Becca’s work on her website of through her social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Quilted blooms will be up from June 29th – September 28th in the Augusta & Co. Gallery at 1010 Broad St. An artist’s reception will be held on First Friday, July 7th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.