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Fabric Sculpture Drapes OCU Gallery

Pacific quilt
“Pacific Quilt” by Sarah Fitzsimons

Oklahoma City University will host a large fabric art sculpture by Sarah Fitzsimons Jan. 24 through March 6, with an opening reception set for 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Norick Art Center at N.W. 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.

“Pacific Quilt” is a large fabric sculpture map of the Pacific Ocean with varying shades of blue fabric created to convey underwater topography, and sewn with quilting lines to describe surface currents. The quilt is designed to be used as art or bedding, which would overflow off a bed and flood a bedroom. The intricate applique stitching makes visible typically unseen ocean depths, allowing one to see beneath the surface, and comprehend the whole of the huge entity that covers about one-third of the planet.

Fitzsimons is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visual artist who makes sculpture that interacts with and derives meaning from its surroundings. Much of her work seeks to reconnect constructed culture with wider patterns of nature. She exhibits internationally and in cities across the U.S. She has an MFA in sculpture from UCLA and a BFA in sculpture and a BA in political science from Ohio University.