Strips and strings

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
2003
Cotton and cotton blends
74 x 49 inches

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Instead of following a pattern in her work, Mary Lee Bendolph often uses her intuition: “I say I’m going to cut out a quilt like something I see. I start it, but when I end up, I always got it going another way.” This quilt is an example of one such “my way” quilt, free from the restrictions of a standard pattern. Although a quilt is inherently a flat object, Bendolph creates a sense of depth and perspective on the right side of this composition, where a framed passage seems to recede into the distance. —Lauren Palmor

Instead of following a pattern in her work, Mary Lee Bendolph often uses her intuition: “I say I’m going to cut out a quilt like something I see. I start it, but when I end up, I always got it going another way.” This quilt is an example of one such “my way” quilt, free from the restrictions of a standard pattern. Although a quilt is inherently a flat object, Bendolph creates a sense of depth and perspective on the right side of this composition, where a framed passage seems to recede into the distance. —Lauren Palmor