Grand Rapids 2019
Maria Shell’s work is grounded in the tradition and craft of American quiltmaking. Her driving force is always color and how to make it vibrate on a wall using vintage and contemporary commercial solid fabrics, as well as her own hand-dyed fabrics, as her primary materials. Maria strives to manipulate the classical components of a traditional bed quilt with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. She is the recipient of a 2011 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award and Fellowship. In 2012, Maria was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum’s Biennial exhibition, High Fiber Diet. She was a featured artist for the 2013 Surface Design Association’s International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. She has had several solo and small group shows including Cut, Stitch, Press at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska; The Art of the Grid at the Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon; fiber at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio; and Hot Crossed Squares at the Kenai Peninsula College Gallery in Soldotna, Alaska.
Maria was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked with formerly chronically homeless individuals to build a community quilt celebrating their new homes. She is currently writing a book for C&T publishing while preparing work for a three-person show at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum and Gardens in Ormond Beach, Florida. You can see more of Maria’s work at mariashell.com and learn more about her process by visiting www.talesofastitcher.com.