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Crossing Lines

Crossing Lines

In the month of March 2019, the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is celebrating women in the arts with a month-long exhibition.  Local artists were asked to create a piece of art in honor of a female artist of their choosing.  Chuck's tribute is to Sonia Delaunay. 

Tribute to Sonia Delaunay
Textile Art, Paper pieced, Applique, Quilted

 Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was born in Russia but spent most of her working life in Paris and along with her husband Robert Delaunay (also an artist) and others, co-founded an art movement known as Orphism or Simultaneism. This movement was noted for its strong use of light and color and geometric shapes. According to one art critic in 1913 it would be the Delaunay’s version of Cubism.

    Sonia was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964 and in 1975 she was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor.

    Her work in modern design included concepts of geometric abstraction and the integration of it in furniture, fabrics, wall coverings and clothing. A woman of many talents, Sonia designed costumes for several stage productions, she decorated the interior of Petit Casino (a nightclub) and founded Casa Sonia, where she sold her designs for interior decoration and fashion. Sonia made clothing for private clients and friends. In 1923 created fifty fabric designs using geometric shapes for a fabric manufacturer. She designed costumes
for two films: Le Vertige and Le petit Parigot and designed some of the furniture for the set of the 1929 film Parce que je t’aime.

    After closing her business during the Great Depression, Sonia returned to painting saying “the depression liberated her from business”.

In 1964 works by Sonia and Robert Delaunay (114 pieces) were donated by her and her son Charles to the Musee National d’Art Moderne.

Sonia Delaunay died December 5, 1979 in Paris at the age of 94 and was buried in Gambais, France beside her husband Robert.

I chose to commemorate this artist and titled the piece “Crossing Lines” as a way to demonstrate how her life in art crossed lines and boundaries into other areas. She was one of the women who pioneered the trail for women in art to use their influence in other mediums, trades and professions.

I find a real personal connection to Sonia’s use of strong color and geometric designs. Using fabric to make my geometric tribute “painting” has, in my mind, allowed me to cross a line. I have always viewed myself in the light of a craftsman because of the nature of my work in furniture but, now I see how those lines can easily be crossed as art.

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