August 21, 2013 8:45AM
A new exhibit, “Redefinitions,” by fiber sculptor Jill Rumoshosky Werner, has opened in the University Gallery in Pittsburg State University’s Porter Hall.
Werner uses quilted shapes and other materials to create bright sculptures that are visual definitions of words. The artist says she particularly likes playing with words that have multiple meanings and her sense of humor permeates her work.
“Quilted elements appear in each piece because people connect with quilting on a deep emotional level,” Werner said. “Rather than surfaces to be decorated, I treat the quilts as raw materials, creating the lines, planes and forms of my designs. I prefer working with bold, bright colors because they provide a high level of excitement and energy.”
Werner regularly exhibits her artwork in museums, art centers and galleries around the U.S. and abroad and has won national and international awards.
Werner has been published in American Craft magazine, the 2008 Material Matters book and the 2006 Quilt Visions book. Her work is owned by the Thomas Contemporary Quilt Collection and the International Quilt Study Center.
Werner holds an M.A. degree in audiology and she previously worked as a research audiologist for a hearing aid manufacturer, as a software technical writer for NCR and as a systems engineer for IBM. She is also an accomplished teacher, speaker and writer. A native of the New York City area, Werner currently lives in Wichita.
“Redefinitions” will remain in the University Gallery through Sept. 23. The artist will give a free public talk about her work at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, in 103 Porter Hall.
PSU’s University Gallery is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.