Luanne’s photographic textile work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has traveled with several Quilt National exhibitions. She has exhibited in several Smithsonian Craft Shows in Washington, DC, and her work is included in the book, Art Quilts of the Midwest, published by the University of Iowa Press. She has an MFA in Fibers from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and was the Director of Education and head of Fibers at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, in St. Louis, MO, for 16 years. Her work is represented by Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis and she is currently a full time studio artist and gardener.
"My work explores the passage of time and lingering memory of the present. Photographs of cloth-draped buildings under construction, become metaphors for existence and memory, alluding to bones and skin. Detailed images of cloth and architectural elements, are incorporated into my quilts, imbuing the scene with mysterious significance. The intersection of domestic ritual and contemporary technology intrigues me and I print the images onto the fabric with a wide format printer and archival inks. Detailed sections are collaged and stitched onto the cloth, referencing earlier domestic practices of mending and repair, reuse and repurposing. The repetitive hand quilting and embroidery creates shadows and textures, alluding to the marking of time. Each piece quietly takes its own shape as the threads are gently drawn and pulled through the cloth." - Artist Statement