Chris Roberts-Antieau, contemporary art textile portraits

Fabric Paintings
Chris Roberts-Antieau‘sfabric paintings are composed from freehand-cut cloth shapes, hung behind glass in hand-painted frames. Today the best folk art galleries across the country offer her work, which has also won major awards at the prestigious Ann Arbor and St. Louis Art Fairs, and the attention of HGTV and Mary Engelbreits Home Companion Magazine.

True to her roots, Chriss gaze is still distinctly child-inspired. Her compositions have the delightfully off-kilter feeling of childrens drawings, and the subjects sometimes seem to be a childs choosing as well: Playing With Dolls, Bad Dog, or Bug Jar. But like her better-known inspirations, Picasso, Miro, and Van Gogh, Chris takes the honesty, freedom, and new perspective of childrens art to a new level. She doesnt just mimic a childs styleshe applies a childs eye to adult realities, reminding viewers not to take themselves too seriously, and giving them a chance to remember again the wonder and joy that children find in the everyday.

People always want to know what my work is about, Chris says. But Im an artist, not a writer. If I could put it into words, then I wouldnt have to make the pictures. Everyone who sees her art brings something different to it, she believes, and shes happy with that.

But while the meaning of a given piece may not be clear-cut, Chris does have some sense of what shes trying to get across. My vision of the world is joy-based, she says. Even when awful things happen to me, Ive found wonderful things along the way. Thats what my art is about: the joy and wonder and humor thats all around us, every day.
Chris Roberts-Antieau

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