Abad’s 1985 work, My Fear of Night Diving: Assaulting the Deep Sea, from the Lopez Museum collectionFrom April 13 to July 1, 2018, trapunto works from the Lopez Museum collection will be featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) exhibit Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say.
The two trapunto works by Pacita Abad, Recluse and My Fear of Night Diving, will be displayed alongside her other pieces rarely seen by the public. While both deeply contrast with the late artist’s more familiarly exuberant colors and motifs, they remain consistent with her astute control over image and material.
Undoubtedly, the hallmark of Abad’s art is her self-created art medium she called trapunto. Derived from the Italian trapungere, meaning “to sew,” Abad described the process of doing the trapunto paintings: “I paint using either oil or acrylic on canvas, then stitch and collage it with a variety of materials. I follow by making two layers of canvas and fill cotton in between before joining the pieces with running stitches.”
Moreover, the works are a manifestation of the artist’s restlessly roving imagination. Indeed, as her spirit impelled her to rove all over the world, Abad, who passed away in 2004, continued to yield visual treasures from the depths of her imaginings.
Pacita Abad: A Million Things to Say is supported by Lopez Museum, Pacita Abad Art Estate and Fundacion Pacita.