DEKALB, Illinois — An exhibition of original digital visual art compositions, “Dreams Caught,” by DeKalb artist Renie B. Adams, will be on display at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Hwy., downtown DeKalb, Illinois, from Oct. to Nov. 8. An opening reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 5.
Many of the images created by Adams in this exhibition are digital sketches relating to her work in fiber art, which began in the 1960s. Her early works in woven and constructed textiles were abstract studies in color and pattern. Eventually, she wanted to make pictures in threads and found she could do it in embroidery, free of technical constraints, much like a painter. Even though she loved paintings, she had no patience for the process. Stitching, on the other hand, is meditative and had produced many pieces over 35 years, at which time her hands began to hurt, becoming engrossed in making digital pictures — finishing digital sketches and making new pictures and picture books.
Adams was also inspired by the content of her daydreams or dreams, transforming them into abstract and entertaining (often silly) narratives. Sometimes the images would be worked out through intuition, scribbles or happy accidents, finding a form that captures a dream. Interpreting the meaning of the picture may be somewhat vague or incomplete, but each title is a smile guaranteed.
Adams is professor emeritus from the School of Art — Fiber at Northern Illinois University. She has enjoyed international recognition for her works in narrative embroidered pictures, and are in public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin.
Posted Oct. 2, 2014