Duane Reed Gallery proudly welcomes back Luanne Rimel, presenting her latest collection of collaged, hand-stitched, silk-printed photographs.

Currently focussing on quilted and soft subjects, her delicate, repetitive treatment across the surface creates shadows and textures and alludes to the marking of time, and references earlier domestic practices of mending, repair, reuse, and repurposing.

A pillar of the St. Louis arts community, Rimel served as Director of Education at Craft Alliance of St. Louis for over 16 years. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including several Quilt National exhibitions, Smithsonian Craft Shows in Washington, DC, and the book, Art Quilts of the Midwest, published by the University of Iowa Press.

My work explores the passage of time and lingering memory of the present. I am drawn to cloth’s ability to hide, reveal, obscure, and protect and I find beauty in ephemeral “found” cloth. Photographs of protected cloth- draped buildings under construction become metaphors for existence and memory, alluding to bones and skin. All of these images take on new meaning and significance as I navigate the surfaces.

(Luanne Rimel)