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SOUND AND FURY
Michael James
Somerset, Massachusetts
1996

Primarily wool gabardine; machine pieced and embroidered
55 x 84 inches (h x w)

As pointed out in the book Michael James: Art and Inspiration, SOUND AND FURY "has many of the hallmarks of a landscape painting—in this case suggested by the raised horizon line where the orange patches interact.The olive and blue forms suggest a foreground receding to background."

SOUND AND FURY is made almost entirely of wool, which makes it quite rare in Michael James's oeuvre. In an email, Michael explained that "one of those interior yellow forms MAY be cotton, just can’t recall. But I can confirm for sure that the turquoise and the mud colors are wool. It is related to another quilt [YELLOW BRICK ROAD] that's now in the International Quilt Study Center Museum, which is gold and black. It is machine pieced and machine embroidered. All those gold 'sticks' are separately machine embroidered (zigzagged) and so that constitutes the 'quilting.' I was thinking a lot about Amish quilts at the time, hence the use of wool gabardine."

$7500

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Sound and Fury by Michael James

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)


Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade