Elizabeth G. Kuhn

Heritage I, 1991

Double-weave pick-up

24" x 23"


In my work I use familiar images as symbols of human culture, thought, tradition, and behavior. In Heritage I, images have been chosen to portray the occupations of the families of both my parents -- some having been traced back through ancestral legends to biblical times. In this piece the images represent, and have been segregated according to what traditionally has been regarded either as men's or women's work. Utilizing the format of the quilt square, with its arrangement of visual images to create balance and symmetry, the men's pursuits have been depicted in the center of the weaving, while the objects portraying what in the past has been considered women's work are arranged in the border.

Exhibitions of Heritage I
  • Women's Caucus for Art, 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Emery Center Machine Shop Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992
  • Ohio Chapter, Women's Caucus for Art, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1992
  • Ohio Fiber Art Invitational '93, Brenda Kroos Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993
  • Paper/Fiber XVI, Arts Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 1993
  • Chautauqua International for Fiber Art, Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, New York, 1993
  • Fiber Celebrated '93, Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993 (Interweave Press Award)
  • 56th Area Artists Annual, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 1993
  • Ninth Annual Greater Midwest International, Art Center Gallery, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1994
  • Textile as Narrative/Ritual, David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, Illinois, 1996
  • Textile as Narrative/Ritual, ARC Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
  • Kent Crafts Alumni Exhibition, Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio 1997
  • Show 5, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1998
  • The Practiced Hand: Surface Design & Textiles, Warner Gallery, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana, 1999
  • Aesthetics 2002, Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas, 2002 (Second Place Three Dimensional)
  • The Woven Comment, Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky, 2002
  • The Woven Comment, Ginko Gallery, Oberlin, Ohio, 2003
  • Layers of Meaning: The Evolution of Pick-Up Double Weave, Flaten Gallery, St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 2003-2004