Sharon Mizota reviews Things Change, Things Stay the Same for LA Times

Detail from: Cindy Bernard Panels 110, 118, 119, 120, 123 (Gladys Osmond, Beaches, Newfoundland, 2013), 2017, Watercolor, 28 x 22 inches

Sharon Mizota reviews Things Change, Things Stay the Same for LA Times

June 1, 2017 Press / Publications 0
Detail from:  Cindy Bernard Panels 110, 118, 119, 120, 123 (Gladys Osmond, Beaches, Newfoundland, 2013), 2017, Watercolor, 28 x 22 inches
Detail from: Cindy Bernard Panels 110, 118, 119, 120, 123 (Gladys Osmond, Beaches, Newfoundland, 2013), 2017, Watercolor, 28 x 22 inches

In some ways, Bernard has reverse-engineered the quilt, making paper “patterns” for an endeavor that likely had none. In contrast to traditional quilts, which follow a regimented, geometric structure, crazy quilts are made of whatever materials present themselves, in whatever shapes and sizes. A traditional quilter may have balked at juxtaposing a turquoise and burnt orange swirl with a peach and pink floral, but “making do” sometimes makes for more interesting choices. Bernard highlights this by dividing the panels into discreet drawings. Osmond decided what pieces to put together; Bernard decides how to take them apart. What emerges is a meditation on the power of choice, even in the most humble circumstances.

Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2017

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