“I have been involved in American crafts using both traditional and untraditional means for more than 20 years. Over those years, I have designed dozens of different collections based on the American west and southwest. When I think of Americana, cowboys, quilts and desert landscapes come to mind. I wanted to bring the core of this classic American genre to life with my Americana Series. The question was, how do I modernize the designs and make them truly a Stephen Wilson series? Instead of creating twenty to thirty different pieces of art for a gallery show and a large public piece I decided to combine the two and create a large modular collage of 43 individual pieces that are bolted together for the public show and then taken apart and presented as individual pieces. The combined piece is 8 feet tall by twenty-five feet wide. Each piece was designed and created separately. The finished installation will be on view at the opening party at the Foundry on April 19th as well as at the Blumenthal Performing Arts center for the duration of the Girl of the West Opera. To make this occasion even more special I designed a limited-edition art piece as well as a hardcover book. Both of these are available for pre-order through the New Gallery of Modern Art.“
– Stephen Wilson
THE EDITION is the only work on paper for the Americana series. The image is of the cowgirl from the Rise Up piece, which was based on the classic World War II poster, “We can do it.” The artist gave her a modern look that represents the women of today, by adding tattoos, a cowboy hat, and wildly-colored hair. The edition is created on two separate archival prints. The first archival print is used as the background. This piece combines collage, embroidery on paper, and assemblage. The composition consists of floral and geometric embroidery. The top layer is the cowgirl image that has been embellished with 100,000 free motion embroidery stitches, which is then cut out by hand and mounted as a relief above the background for a 3D effect. The completed artwork is mounted into a shadow box. The Edition comes in 6 different color variations, each color with an edition of 10.