PNC Pop In Resident, Debbie Quick

During the month of May Artspace’s PNC Pop-In resident artist, Debbie Quick, created intricate beadwork drawings based on stories from a childhood reader. The final installation will be on view through June 30, 2018.

During my time as Artspace’s May 2018 PNC Pop In resident, I had an amazing time making work for the exhibition while interacting with the public. Many people stopped by to ask about my process and illustrations, which lead to a number of fantastic conversations about the dangers which lurk within nostalgia and the children’s book I reference in the work. I also had a number of great visits from school student groups. One group’s visit lead to a fantastic conversation about the difference between empathy and sympathy and how these are issues explored in work I was making for the exhibition.

The community was very welcoming and supportive.  A highlight of this was having one of the Artspace studio artists, Caitlin Cary, open her fiber scrap stash to me, where I discovered the pink polyester print used for the small figures cape in Errant. They also connected me with a few assistants who were a great help with making some of the beaded material used in drawings in the exhibition. Having such a wealth of time during the residency allowed me to expand upon the plans from the exhibition proposal and create additional work.

Most significantly, the large quilted wall piece with the figure pressed beneath was able to grow out of this focused time of studio research. Watching visitors startled by this piece was an unexpected surprise that opened up moments for conversations with viewers about their reaction/interpretations of the work.

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PNCA special thanks to PNC Bank for supporting this residency program. The PNC Pop In Residency supports artists whose works encourage conversation, collaboration, and interaction between artists and the public.

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