Paula Kovarik is a quilt artist, that exhibited at RoCA in 2019 for the Spirit of Being. Kovarik makes art with thread and fabric, stitching as an extension of her thoughts through her hands. Her quilts reach deep into the collective unconscious and unifies it through a thread that is the notion of life. She has been profiled in numerous publications including: American Craft, Fiber ArtNow and Art Quilting Studio magazines. She has exhibited throughout the United States including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Brooklyn Gallery, Nashville International Airport, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
Kovarik’s art is slow and deliberate in its crafting: textural and multi-layered, it reveals a product born of concentration on an idea and hours of methodical application. Her artwork strives to find the zone where there resides a creative, different consciousness: an altered state of being. Letting the thread tell the story, she is sensitive to surprises, allowing the work to tell her more than she thinks she knows. The inner becomes the outer. Her time is spent letting the thread tell the story. It’s about defining rough-edged ideas through intimate attention to detail. It’s about layered, ripped, cut and sandwiched together pieces producing a composition that reflects her values and voice. American Craft Magazine wrote in their May 2015 issue “Kovarik draws with thread, using the quilt as a canvas for incredibly detailed worlds, crammed with odd little shapes, structures, and creatures, real and imagined. . . . Quirky as they are, her quilts explore big ideas about love, psychology, nature, and politics. The unifying thread, so to speak, is the notion of life as a complex web of seemingly random energies and events, things that connect in ways both obvious and unexpected.”
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