uses layers of sewing, paint, and metallic fabrics to create highly
textured, light-reflective surfaces on canvas. In her Techno
Relic series, she embellishes the surface with ceramic semi-conductors,
resistors, and circuit boards. Rowell's fiber pieces appeared in
the exhibits Southern Quilts, A New View, 1990-1992, and Visions-Quilt
San Diego, 1998, and in the nationally touring Quilt National Contemporary
Quilts, 1997. Her work has been commissioned for corporate collections
throughout the United States, including Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta;
Hewlett Packard, Fort Collins, Colorado; WorldCom, Columbus; and
Mitsubishi Semiconductor America, Durham, North Carolina.
industrial culture produces mountains of disposable objects as we
move forward with technology. Nowhere are replacement and obsolescence
more immediate than in the computer and electronics industries.
Viewing various throw-away items as artistic elements is perhaps
partly justification for a cluttered lifestyle, I find myself attracted
to certain objects without having clearly visualized uses for them;
yet, collecting these bits of junk supplies a wealth of material.
The visual beauty of electronic circuitry inspired the Techno
Relic series. Ceramic semi-conductors
and circuit boards became the centerpieces in formal compositions
-- altarpieces for the religion of technology.