Boulder-based textile artist Maryanne Quinn’s hand-felted paintings exploit a sense of childhood wonder. Bringing textile to life through bold colors and pattern, Quinn builds imagined landscapes and expressive compositions from layers of naturally-dyed Merino wool cut, shaped and then laboriously felted. Using her hands, she manipulates and massages the fibers, fusing the individual layers into tight units of her own musing.
In this most recent body of work, a pom-pom winter hat recalls childhood memories, the colors, and material viscerally bringing her back to experiences growing up. Reimagining this nostalgic detail of her own past, the work captures and takes hold of a whimsical sensibility that exists in us all, a longing to somehow return to a simpler time.
Imbued with a sense of play and experimentation, Quinn finds inspiration in the natural world, delights in details of everyday life and potency of nostalgia. Floral imagery, geometric shapes and everyday objects are playfully reinterpreted in bright colors and arranged into lively compositions reminiscent of Henri Matisse. Their simplified nature rife with symbolic potency. Defined by decisive lines and clean edges, the visual language and aesthetic organization of the work is undoubtedly informed by many years working as a professional graphic designer. Unlike the slick and glossy world of graphic design, these works are soft and tactile.