Kathy O'Meara Magnuson

Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States


I make art because I have a compulsion to work with fiber, whether I'm altering fabric (by dyeing, painting, discharging, printing, etc.), creating or altering books, or transforming cloth into quilts.

Personal experiences and environment heavily influence the content of my artwork, but they are often reflected in abstract form, and are not always readily apparent as my source of inspiration. My art also reflects my fascination with the marks that man leaves on his environment (architecture & urban landscapes, aerial imagery and technology), and indications of the passage of time. Depictions of ladders that once dominated my work, morphed into generic structures, and have recently evolved into life journeys. There are recognizable references to mapping symbols and travelled roads.

Most recent work involves more representational elements, often sourced from my own photographs, direct and manipulated, printed and transferred. The merging of words and images in collage intrigues me: letters and layers, text in/on texture. Work in series such as Life As A Child and Abecedarius results in complex layers of meaning, where the answers often lie within the viewer as much as they are presented by the artist.

Standing Still  © 2004 Kathy O'Meara Magnuson
Standing Still
©2004
16"h x 14"w
Crossroads #9: Respite  © 2004 Kathy O'Meara Magnuson
Crossroads #9: Respite
©2004
17.5"h x 21.5"w
Reduction #7: Flow  © 2003 Kathy O'Meara Magnuson
Reduction #7: Flow
©2003
22"h x 17.5"w
Field Of Play I © 2003 Kathy O'Meara Magnuson
Field Of Play I
©2003
26.5"h x 13.5"w

For pricing and further information about the quilts on this page, email the artist.