Wendy Maliszewski is a fiber artist, creating one-of-a-kind pieces that break the rules of traditional quilting. The layered, embellished and hand-guided machine quilting create pieces that are both sculptural and full of texture. Her color palette ranges from monochromatic whites to jewel tone brights.
Maliszewski graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1988 with a degree in textiles and design. She is happily married with two grown daughters. Maliszewski has exhibited work in Nebraska at the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln as well as Lauritzen Gardens, the St. Cecilia Cathedral Art Gallery, the Lied Art Center Gallery at Creighton University and the Hillmer Art Gallery at the College of St. Mary, and is also in private collections. Below, she describes “Gustav’s Girl” in her own words.
“This piece was inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), a famous Austrian painter known for his realistic oil paintings. He loved painting women and was often criticized for painting them partially nude. In his later years, he entered what is known as his ‘gold phase,’ which included actual gold leaf in his paintings. A popular piece that you may have seen even today is titled ‘The Kiss’ (1907-08).
“I was inspired by the contrasts in his work. He often used geometrics, circles and curves alongside strong vertical lines. He incorporated bright colors alongside neutrals and metallic gold. I continued this contrast using silk and hand-dyed antique damask against the heavy texture of linen stenciled with gold metallic paint. I used tea bags for the woman’s face, torso and hand because of its skin-like texture and rich brown color.”