Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Melissa Vogley Woods’ studio. I first saw her work at the HERE and Beyond exhibition at the Riffe Gallery this Summer. Over the past several years her work has largely focused on the image of Sun Bonnet Sue, albeit with Melissa’s own contemporary and whimsical twists. In Melissa’s world, Sun Bonnet Sue no longer stands by politely but participates in the actions and arguments of her time. She has taken an iconic image from the history of quiltmaking and turned it on it’s head, creating mixed media drawings, sculptures and photographs.
Melissa will be at the Riffe Gallery again on Sunday, November 13 from 2-4pm as part of the Quilt National ’09 exhibition programming. She will be teaching some basic quilting techniques to children rather than speaking about her work, but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind a few questions! Take the opportunity to meet this young, local artist if you can.
-Associate Curator of Contemporary Art