The artist creates stitched paper works that reflect her interest in the dramatic, unglaciated landscape of the Driftless Area near Galena, Illinois, where she makes her home. The exhibit opens during the June 6 Gallery Walk, which kicks off the Iowa Arts Festival and takes place from 5-8pm at 19 venues in downtown Iowa City. The artist will be in attendance during the Gallery Walk reception, an event that is free and family-friendly.
The artist writes, “my focus is to document the world as I find it, using photography, painting and stitching. I’m most interested in perception, mine and others: if we all observe an identical thing (leaf, stone, sky, water), what is it that we see, or think we see? How do we relay that to others? Since nature has its own clock, does the absence of water capture the memory of water? Does a leafless branch evoke a year of seasonal change?”
Originally from Chicago, Maureen Bardusk worked in corporate management until establishing her studio. She is involved in community art initiatives in the Tri-State area and Chicago. An extensive fifteen-year exhibition history includes gallery, solo, and invitational group shows in the United States and Canada.
Recent honors include The State of Illinois, James R. Thompson Merit Award Winner for Excellence; Dubuque Museum of Art Tri-State Tri-Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention; Parks Canada and The Art Gallery of Newfoundland/Labrador, Artist-in-Residence at Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; and Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois, Art Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include SOFA Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Vale Craft Gallery, Chicago; Verde Gallery, Champaign, Illinois; Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa; solo exhibition at the Ryerson Conservation Center, Deerfield, Illinois; Craft Alliance, St. Louis, and International Surface Design Conference, Kansas City, Missouri; and small group exhibitions in Galena and Chicago.