Grand Rapids Quilt
As part of UICA's Exit Space Project, Eliza Fernand installed Grand Rapids Quilt on the retaining wall of I-196 along North Division in August 2015. Eliza has received a BFA in sculpture from the Pacific Northwest college of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her sculpture, installation, and performance works revolve around the combination of sensual and familiar materials, the intersection between bodies and objects in space, and the transformation of materials and ideas. She is inspired by craft supplies, relationships, forces of nature, small histories, bodily functions, mysteries, and scraps of things. Eliza has exhibited in and curated shows on both coasts and in between. She has also lived and worked at artists residencies in New Jersey, Normandy, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, Quebec, Idaho, Washington, and Minnesota. Quilt Projects is her ongoing investigation of quilt making traditions and techniques from he standpoint of a contemporary practice.
Contributors: The Michigan Economic Development Council, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., and Patronicity Contributors