J. Matthew Thomas

stitched & Quilted


 

LAND quilt

Art Farm, Nebraska. 13' x 20'. 2020. Fabric remnants, thread, steel pole, wood stakes.

 

An act of reconciliation on the land acknowledging the blind regard of natural flows in this environment and our limited tools to find balance. This is a segmented land, of artificial fertilizer and pesticides, water irrigation, and mechanical planting and harvesting. This installation and performance piece sows and sews the land using a traditional quilting pattern, tumbling blocks. I perform the act with my body, using a large needle, puncturing the dry earth, driving the quilting materials into the land.

 

Weaving a domesticated symbol onto the earth, I wanted to queer the tools of domesticated production, acts of violence contrasts with acts of nurturing. 
 

StitcheD studies

Sewn 006, 2020
Sewn 006, 2020

Brown paper, thread on wood panel. 16" x 8"

Sewn 002, 2020
Sewn 002, 2020

reclaimed paper, thread, acrylic paint on wood panel. 12" x 12"

Sewn 005, 2020
Sewn 005, 2020

Brown paper, thread on wood panel. 24" x 24"

Sewn 003, 2020
Sewn 003, 2020

reclaimed cardboard, thread, acrylic paint on wood panel. 13" x 13"

Paper Quilt: War series
Paper Quilt: War series

reclaimed paper, thread. (in process)

Sewn 001, 2020
Sewn 001, 2020

reclaimed paper, thread, acrylic paint on wood panel. 12" x 12"

Land Quilt, 2020
Land Quilt, 2020
Land Quilt, 2020
Land Quilt, 2020
Land Quilt, 2020
Land Quilt, 2020

earth Stitches

Earth Stitches are an impossible site-specific artwork that consists of large-scale ‘stitches’ of 36-strand synthetic fiber rope measuring up to 500’ in length. The stitches are situated on site as if emerging from the ground, punctured by a gigantic sewing needle.

 
Earth Stitches are visible mends within the landscape at sites of environmental disruption. This site-specific intervention takes place at an oil field located within the Permian Basin, the largest petroleum-producing basin in the United States.  Positioned at sites of oil jack pumps, these sutures within the landscape assuage the over 400 rigs located throughout the Basin. 

 

Earth Stitch: Monument
Earth Stitch: Monument
Earth Stitch: Monument (closeup)
Earth Stitch: Monument (closeup)
Earth Stitch - studies
Earth Stitch - studies