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"Blue Mystic" Quilt

Nancy Clearwater Herman, American, born 1939. Hand-stitched by Barbara E. Wilsbach, American, 1943 - 2007.

Made in United States, North and Central America


Pieced and printed multicolored cottons

58 x 58 inches (147.3 x 147.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2000

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Nancy Clearwater Herman's passion is exploring the interconnection between art and music. Since she was first inspired by Josef Albers's 1963 book The Interaction of Color, Herman has dreamed of creating "an instrument that would allow me to play color in time. I reason that color in its pure form played in a sequence will vibrate in the human psyche in the same way pure tones do." This desire led the artist to abandon painting for fabric compositions (such as this wall hanging, part of a group that composes textures and patterns of cloth from light to dark in a series of progressions), and to further explore the use of color in stamp collages, digital prints, video, and felt.