Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2022 Artist

Donna Blalock


Presenting the Illusion of Calm

Cotton Fabrics, Silk and Bamboo Batting

40” x 40″


Presenting the Illusion of Calm” is an improvisationally developed abstract piece that represents my constant inner turmoil. I try very hard to remain calm in tense situations, but I’m not always successful. “Grace under pressure” has never been a term that applied to me; I stress and obsess. Technically, my work also tries to find a balance between rigid precision (I trained as a draftsman) and free improvisation and, I think, this piece is also representational of that artistic battle.