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Threads of Tapestry by Suzanne Pretty

Forest of BlocksThreads of Tapestry by Suzanne Pretty opened February 10 through June 11, 2012.

The exhibit is a combination of tapestries and mixed media from which these pieces have evolved. These paper weavings, gouache and multi media pieces show the thought process evolving through the different stages and the coming together of all the elements. Each medium brings a different perspective to the development and end product.

Pretty states “In the tapestry the Forest of Blocks, a set of blocks is strewn across a barren landscape as if by a child playing. I have used the blocks and floating trucks as design elements and icons in multiple pieces. Working in sculpture the blocks were created with plaster, paper weaving and gouache. Landscape Divided is also included in the exhibit. With this pile of configurable blocks I developed into the design for the tapestry the Divided Landscape. ." Divided Landscape

Truck and heavy equipment imagery has been elements in my work for a number of years including the tapestries All That Glitters with flying trucks against the blackening sky surrounding the glowing city and Truck Stop in which trucks are depicted in strong primary colors preparing for the trips out on the highways. Several multi media images of construction with trucks are included of a new series including Waiting at the Ready, trucks lined up neatly in a row waiting for the next day and In the Shadow is toy trucks in a pile left under the rear of the father's pick truck. The bright colors of take the images out of the everyday setting but these image of heavy equipment contain the incredible power to rip through and disrupt the landscape .”

Pretty has exhibited internationally and received numerous awards including First Prize in the American Tapestry Biennial 8 exhibited at Elder Gallery in Lincoln, NB and The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA and has twice been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Her tapestry Road Construction in Detail Waiting in the Readyhas been accepted to the American Tapestry Biennial 9 opening at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens OH. Suzanne also has work in What is Home? at the Children's Museum of NH and a number of upcoming show. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Fiberarts, Summer issue 2011, Handwoven, November/December 2010 and Gods in Granite: the Art of the White Mountains of New Hampshire by Robert L. McGrath.

Forest of Blocks, (upper right)
  by Suzanne Pretty, tapestry
Divided Landscape, (middle right)
  by Suzanne Pretty, tapestry
Waiting in the Ready, (lower left)
  by Suzanne Pretty, mixed media