Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Rebecca Bluestone: Woven Harmony
  • 23-Sep-2003 - 19-Oct-2003
  • Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Spencer presented this exhibition in collaboration with the Lied Center of Kansas, where the artist and her husband, classical guitarist Robert Bluestone, were in residence October 5-10, 2003. Together, the couple explores the relationship between music and the visual arts.

Rebecca Bluestone’s woven tapestries are made with hand-dyed silks and metallic threads in a palette inspired by the vivid colors of the Southwest. She dyes her own threads and then weaves using traditional finger-manipulated techniques that cannot be reproduced on a mechanical loom. Her geometrically abstract patterns are based on the Fibonacci sequence of mathematics, where each number is the sum of the previous two, which is found in various parts of the natural world. The works’ exploration of color, pattern, and traditional processes allow the viewer to, as Bluestone describes, reflect on “the role that ‘contemplative repetition’ plays in our lives and how it allows us access to our innermost nature.”