PERSONAL IDIOM SPEAKS TO A SOLITARY PRACTICE. LIKE A SELF-POLLINATING FLOWER, IT SELF-REFERS AND SELF-RENEWS. BUT WHEN TUMBLIN’S SEEDLING SCRAPS BLOSSOM INTO FULLY REALIZED WORKS, HIS SPECIFIC MATERIAL LANGUAGE FLOWERS, INVITING US TO LUXURIATE IN ITS EXPRESSION.
Like traditional quilts, these works are constructed with great attention and care. Drawn to the medium for the better part of ten years, Tumblin has been fascinated by Amish quilt culture, the geometric patterns and brilliant colors. He remains curious about how personal artistic language meets communal practice. Tumblin’s sewn constructions move beyond Amish motif-based quilting, yet his work partakes of foundational quilt underpinnings: making from what you have and love, and improvising as cloth is joined.
There is electricity in the hybrid space between painting and quilting. Painting enjoys an established, conceptual place in fine arts, while quilting is historically marginalized, often relegated to the domain of craft. Tumblin’s works stay plugged in to both canons, vibrating with the conceptual impact of painting, reinforced by the associative powers of a quilt constructed with the building blocks of personal history.
Personal idiom speaks to a solitary practice. Like a self-pollinating flower, it self-refers and self-renews. But when Tumblin’s seedling scraps blossom into fully realized works, his specific material language flowers, inviting us to luxuriate in its expression.
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