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Joy Saville at work in her studio

Saville explains that for the past thirty years, the focus of her work has been color."That is where each work begins, with the choosing of color. Something I have seen or experienced... in nature, landscape, theater, art, etc. has prompted a need to capture the essence and to visually say so. From the time the colors are chosen I begin to cut and piece, cut and piece... each work having its own way of coming together and evolving. With the concept in mind, there seems to be an inherent characteristic and direction that unfolds during the process of combining the colors and working with the different fabrics. If I can see and feel this quality of rightness or essentialness at each stage of the construction process, I know I will be satisfied with the results... and am on the right track. It is a building process that involves me intellectually, physically and spiritually.

"Being curious about the properties and possibilities of my materials and tools has led me to develop a piecing process that is unconventional and unique. This process allows me to focus on color and form in the composition, instead of the usual repetition of pattern found in traditional piecework."

Art critic Ed McCormack, the Managing Editor of Gallery & Studio magazine, noted: “On encountering work as formally animated and coloristically subtle as Saville’s, one is still sorely tempted to tout it as ‘painterly,’ since the manner in which Saville employs myriad small, discrete shapes cut from colorful cotton, linen and silk could be likened to how the Impressionists employed strokes of oil pigments placed next to each other, rather than blended, to evoke an optical sensation of light. Nor would it seem entirely inaccurate to compare Saville’s sharp, cascading shards of color to those of the second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Goodnough, since both artists, in their different ways, update the structural vocabulary of Cubism, albeit unbound by that movement’s literal references and muddy austerity.”

Beside Still Water by Joy Saville
Beside Still Water
Evening Poppies by Joy Saville
Evening Poppies
Fragments of Time by Joy Saville
Fragments of Time

Grendel by Joy Saville
Halfway Brook, Morning by Joy Saville
Halfway Brook, Morning
Karner Blues by Joy Saville
Karner Blues

Opus in Red by Joy Saville
Opus in Red

Quickening by Joy Saville
Regeneration by Joy Saville
Sacred Space by Joy Saville
Sacred Space
Spring Moss by Joy Saville
Spring Moss
Waters of Grace by Joy Saville
Waters of Grace

Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade