Autumn-Grace Dougherty
Class of 2013
Polish the Mirror of the Heart 2012, fabric, threat and yarn, 9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
Polish the Mirror of the Heart
2012, fabric, threat and yarn, 9 1/4" x 6 1/4"
Boone, North Carolina New York, New York
My sewn fabric paintings reference both the tradition of quilt piecing and abstract painting. Using fabric remnants, old clothing, yarn and thread, I construct improvisational patterns of cutout shapes and stitched lines in spontaneous yet formal arrangements. These vibrant geometric paintings explore the potential of nontraditional materials while inviting the viewer to create personal narratives within abstract imagery.
Autumn-Grace Dougherty, class of 2013

The MFA Fine Arts program reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice. Our main goals are to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which students can thrive and develop as artists, to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary art and other cultural forms, and to produce an ongoing conversation, through work as much as through words, about what we make, how we make it and why.

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