V 2.5-2.8: Four Patch"
24"w x 29.5"h x 1"d © September 2003
Update 11/9/04 "Holiday Boutique"
Zimmerli Art Museum New Brunswick, NJ November 2004
MM V2.5-2.8: Four Patch
is in the "Recycled Challenge"
QuiltArt online exhibition
EM review of Brodsky Gallery: "Carolyn Lee Vehslage's
"Motherboard Meltdown Versions 2.5-2.8: Four Patch" consisted
of recycled computer parts, and was perhaps THE piece that most prompted
me to ask, "How is this a quilt?"
"While most of the artwork in the collection clearly related to the traditional notion of a quilt: two layers of fabric and a layer of batting stitched together, Vehslage stretched the definition of "quilt" in its broadest sense. "Motherboard Meltdown Versions 2.5–2.8: Four Patch" made me speculate why computer parts were in an exhibition of quilts. When I looked closer, I realized that the traditional components of a quilt were there, but rendered in a different type of "fabric" and "thread."
"Her artwork was a sashed quilt with four blocks, but the pieces on the blocks were recycled computer components, the striped sashing is multi-colored, multi-wired flat computer ribbon cable, and the ‘thread’ was computer wire. A four-patch quilt normally seems static, but movement through this piece was created by the extension of the rectangular shapes onto the sashing and her use of red, blue and yellow computer media and labels.
"In her statement, Vehslage compared the meltdown of the computer's artificial brain to the emotional breakdown of a human brain under severe stress. Of all the artwork in this collection, Vehslage's demonstrated the most imaginative use of materials to create an art quilt." - Sherri Young Dunbar, "When 'Women's Work' Becomes 'ART'" Expository Magazine, Fall 2003
MM V2.9: One Patch
MM V4.1: Single Block
MM V3.1-3.9: Nine Patch
Versions 3.1-3.9: Nine Patch"
35"w x 44"h x 1.5"d © July 2003 Available
won the Carmela Panasci Award at "Art Ability"
Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital
Malvern, PA November-December 2003
and was part of the documentation of
"Women, Trauma & Visual Expression"
at the Woman Made Gallery
Chicago, IL October-November 2003
Scroll to bottom of page to see individual MM V3.1 through V3.9 before being sashed together and dripped with candle wax.
Versions 1.1-1.9, 2.1-2.4"
8"w x 10"h x 1"d each © March 2003
Motherboard Meltdown V1.1 - V1.4 Sold
MM V1.1 is in the permanent collection of Musée ArtColle in Sergines, France and MM V1.2 is at the Museo de Collage in Morelos, Mexico
Materials: hand dyed cotton, computer & electronic
components, metallic thread, beads, metallic inks, candle wax, and Crayola
Motherboard Meltdown V1.5 - V1.8 Sold
Motherboard Meltdown V2.1 - 2.4 Sold
Versions 4.2: System Failure"
8"w x 10"h x 1"d © October 2003 Sold
"Small Format Art" Kelekian Art Gallery
Beirut, Lebonan, January-April 2004
"Motherboard Meltdown Versions 3.1-3.9" before sashing & wax