Like nature itself, the hues in Maureen Bardusk's textile art range
from bright to muted. Shapes play against one another in unexpected
ways. Now and again, a startling element darts into the frame.
Her inspiration comes from the prairie skies, river-flanked woodlands,
and gentle topography of her native Illinois.
"Earth and Sky," an exhibit of 35 works by Bardusk, is on
display through Aug. 21 in the visitors center of Ryerson Woods, a Lake
County forest preserve in Deerfield.
Bardusk created the pieces by backing her abstract landscape painting
with a light fleece, sewing them by machine and adding sparse, abstract
stitches of embroidery that turn the textiles into a visual canvas —
and images that are open to interpretation.
So when studying the earth-tone reds, greens and golds of a piece such
as "Relative Humidity," viewers must tap into the own experiences
"You don't really know if you're looking up or down or at a vast
expanse of land," the artist said. "I hope that [viewers]
recognize something in their own lives, so there's some connection that
A veteran of the corporate world, Bardusk was for 30 years a docent
for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. After nearly three decades
in the western suburbs, she now splits her "dual lives" between
a Galena studio and the apartment in Chicago's Greektown that she shares
with her husband, Joe.
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