Miranda on Blue
Layered cotton, silk, rayon, tulle, thread
“In my work I concern myself almost exclusively with the human form – creating portraits that seek to go beyond the surface image of my models. The life drawing model depicted in this work has always been one of my favorites because she has unusually long limbs and incredibly relaxed poses. Once I had drawn her image, I decided to challenge myself by working with a monochromatic palette. I wanted to see if I could create a strong-colored background without making the figure muddy. Creating the blue patchwork background was fun. My technique employs layer upon layer of sheer fabric to create the completed image. This layering also echoes the idea that we are not simply one entity when presented to the world, but that we are composed of multiple layers of personalities.” Margot Lovinger attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City for two years before transferring to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she completed her BFA. Starting with interactive ‘story quilts,’ Lovinger experimented with new materials and textures. Her interest in figure painting, and fondness for color and fabrics, resulted in figurative fabric compositions. Her work has been published in books and magazines, and has been exhibited in quilt exhibitions nationally and internationally.