Copyright ©2005 Linda Gass. Photograph by James Dewrance.
Title: Puzzle of Salt
Dimensions: 29.5" w x 28.5" h
Artist Statement: Puzzle of Salt shows an aerial view of Corkscrew Slough and Bair Island, near Redwood City, California. Over the past 150 years, many of the wetlands of the San Francisco Bay have been converted into salt ponds for industrial salt production. Today, 95 percent of the Bay’s wetlands are gone, leaving the bay ecosystem in an unhealthy state. Luckily new wetlands restoration efforts are underway. The title Puzzle of Salt has double meaning: it refers to the shape of the salt ponds, which look like jigsaw puzzle pieces, and it refers to the puzzle to be solved in restoring wetlands by resolving the technical, environmental, financial and political challenges.
Materials and Techniques: Silk crepe de chine hand painted using acid dyes and gutta-serti with some salt effects. Silk broadcloth backing and polyester batting; machine quilted with nylon monofilament thread.
Detail: Click here for a detail image
Exhibition History: November 4 - December 11, 2010 OSilas Gallery, Bronxville, NY
May 18 - June 20, 2010 Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
March 25 - April 29, 2007 Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
December 1, 2006 - February 2, 2007 Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
October 27 - November 4, 2007 at the Houston International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX.
June 8 - September 3, 2006 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.
August 6 - October 22, 2005 at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY.
Status: Available for sale.
Additional Info: This artwork appears in the books The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography and Contemporary Color: Theory & Use also appears on the cover and inside the catalog for the Sense of Place exhibition.
Related Links: The particular area of San Francisco Bay shown in this quilt is Bair Island in Redwood City. An initial restoration project was undertaken in the fall of 2000. The project was coordinated by Life Science! Inc. You can learn more about the restoration they did by clicking on the links for Bair Island Restoration and Bair Island Monitoring from their home page.
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