This catalog features artwork from SAQA's Turmoil and Tranquility exhibitions. Also included is a foreward by Kristin La Flamme (SAQA Education Committee) and an essay from Juror Kate Lydon.
Cover artwork by Holly S. Altman, Aileyn Renli Ecob
Soft cover, 108 pages
Complementary exhibitions, Turmoil and Tranquility, will debut together at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Turmoil will be hung on the exterior of a space created by paneled walls, open to the hubbub of the greater exhibit hall. Tranquility will be hung in the interior space, providing a serene environment in which to view these works. Artists were encouraged to consider submitting pieces for both exhibitions, addressing their interpretation of one theme and its opposite.
Tranquility is defined as a quality or state of being, possessing the concepts of quiet, peacefulness, calmness, or serenity. In contrast, turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty. It can be personal and internal, societal or natural. With both, we refer to the calm before the storm; the inner peace that follows catharsis. Opposites attract. Turmoil and tranquility are in opposition, yet intertwined.
Turmoil and tranquility can be experienced on a global scale as in war and peace, or contrasting thriving ecosystems versus those imbalanced by careless use. There can be a tumultuous experience or a calming one. But they also can describe intensely personal experiences, such as the calm of meditation or being stressed out!