Ten art quilts, 10 framed works by Titus on exhibition at St. Louis gallery through Aug. 4

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"Longing," a quilt created by Ann Miller Titus, is one of several that will be on display at Cartel Strategies’ Paperboat Gallery in St. Louis through Aug. 4. | Photo courtesy of Ann Miller Titus

QUINCY — Quincy fiber artist Ann Miller Titus is presenting work from her latest series at Cartel Strategies’ Paperboat Gallery, 900 N. Tucker, in St. Louis. This exhibition, titled “A Language for Connection,’ will run through Aug. 4.

In 2022, Titus began to think about connection… how we wander and stumble and sometimes crash into each other, all in an effort to connect and belong. She set about stitching her thoughts, constructing a visual language that would map the various ways we connect. Irregular rings are the predominant lexical items, joined via hand appliqué, into a syntax that suggests the topographies of relationships. Each story is further contextualized by elaborate patterns of machine quilting. The resulting quilts speak of chance encounters, emotional boundaries, intimacy and the possibility of self-actualization through our connections with others.

This exhibit features 10 art quilts, each appliquéd by hand stitching and then quilted on a sewing machine. Also shown are 10 framed works created by painting dyes onto paper, then heat transferring those dyes to fabric.

“In the tapestry of her art, Ann weaves together threads of experience and observation, inviting the viewer to embark on a visual exploration of the human condition. Through her meticulous attention to detail, she challenges us to reconsider our own perception and to find beauty in the patterns that emerge from life’s constant flux. Her craftsmanship elevates the American quilting tradition into a contemporary art expression,” Carlos Zamora, founder and chief creative officer of Cartel Strategies, said in a press release.

A Conversation on Connection will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on July 14. This is an opportunity for people to engage in a dialogue with the artist and with others about the work and about connection.

Gallery hours are by appointment which can be made by contacting the artist at amtitus@mac.com or by contacting Cartel Strategies at 314-591-5184

More information about the work of this artist can be found at her website, www.annmillertitus.com.

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