Art in the Sanctuary
marguerite jay gignoux
Somebody asked me once to define art in ten words.
I decided on this recipe:
Art is color, light, story and passion urgently requesting exercise.
I grew up decoding my world through fiber. Long ago I learned to cut, attach, pierce, color, glue and repeat. I love cloth and paper because they consistently offers me a highly sensual and sensitive field on which to play. Fabric is strong. Strong enough to hold metal, quiet enough to remember a whisper, loud enough to carry a shout, wise enough to answer in a metaphor. I make art because it is a way to locate episodes of deep enduring beauty. It is also a way to confront loss and disrepair.
And it requires going inside out.
Marguerite Jay Gignoux is a textile artist based in Carrboro, NC. Gignoux creates vibrant mixed media works and hand made books. An active community based artist, Gignoux has led projects with a variety schools, museums and health care centers through out North Carolina. Textile arts residencies include projects with NC Museum of Art, Duke Medical Center, Greensboro Hospice, Wake County Schools and Green Hill Center for NC Art, Elon University, NC Girl Scouts and Penland School of Craft. Her work as a teaching artist includes dynamic book arts projects that include programming with the Mint Museum, Durham Academy, Greensboro Public Libraries and Chapel Hill Public Schools. Gignoux’s textile collages are well represented in the Fidelity Investments Corporate Collection. Gignoux leads a yearly summer art retreat at Chateau du Pin, Loire Valley, France. Gignoux received a BA in English from Kenyon College and a Masters of Industrial Design in Fibers from NCSU, College of Design.
The following are the pieces in the sanctuary. See the video below.
Title: black&whites, 2015
Mixed Media: Nautical maps, screen printed papers, silk organza, , machine stitched on paper. Mounted on canvas wrapped stretcher.
Dimensions: 48”h X 48”w
Title: True Love, 2014
Mixed Media: Silk organza, drawings on paper, machine and hand stitched.
Dimensions: 63”h X 42.5”w
Title: 500 Napkins, 2007
Textile Collage: Linen, cotton, silks, organza, serigraphy, machine and hand stitched, Linen mount, framed- no glazing
Dimensions: 50”h X 48”w
Title: Left. Over., 2018
Textile Collage: Screen printed drawings on cotton, silk organza. Hand stitched with silk thread.
Dimensions: 36”w X 36”h
Title Scoops, 2013
Textile Collage: Hand dyed silks, serigraphy, hand stitched with silk thread.
On linen mount
Dimensions: 48”h X 40“w