The first exhibition in the UK by Filipino/US artist Pacita Abad (1946-2004), Spike Island’s exhibition includes over 20 large-scale ‘trapunto’ paintings and other works on fabric made between 1983 and 2003.
‘Trapunto’ refers to a quilting technique that Abad began experimenting with in the late 1970s, in which canvasses are padded and stitched before being painted and layered with a range of printed textiles and objects, including buttons, sequins and shells.
Born in the Philippines, Abad travelled extensively and lived in many different countries throughout her life, including Bangladesh, Sudan, Indonesia, Singapore, and the United States. This itineracy has, in many ways, defined and shaped her work.
The Immigrant Experience series (1991-94), for example, depicts the lives and experiences of the Asian, African and Latin American immigrants that she encountered in the US and elsewhere.
Jan 18-Apr 5, Tue-Sun 12-5pm. For more info, visit www.spikeisland.org.uk/programme/exhibitions/pacita-abad
Pic: Max McClure