Enriching lives through art and craft

Paula Kovarik

Paula Kovarik
Contagion, 2020
Fabric, thread, batting

Fearless Free-Motion Quilting / October 10 – 15, 2021

Artist Statement:
I make art with thread and fabric.
Stitching is an extension of my thoughts through my hands. This slow art, textural and multi-layered, reveals a product born of concentration on an idea and hours of application.

As I work I am sensitive to surprises, allowing the line and images to tell me more than I think I know. The inner becomes the outer. It’s about defining rough-edged ideas through intimate attention to detail. It’s about the layered, ripped, cut, and sandwiched together pieces—producing a composition that reflects my values and my voice.
As and artist it is important to me that my work moves away from my studio and into the public realm. I believe that art makes the invisible visible and the unsaid revealed.

Artist Bio:
After thirty years as a graphic designer Paula Kovarik has time now to pursue her art. She received her degree in design from Southern Illinois University. Her work has been shown in national and international shows devoted to the art of the quilt. It has been collected by the International Quilt Museum, Memphis International Airport and the Memphis Urban Art Commission. She has been profiled in American Craft, Fiber ArtNow and Art Quilting Studio magazines. Paula lives and works in Memphis, TN as a full-time artist.

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