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Artist Interview with Paige Crosland Anderson

By Leslie Graff

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We hope you are enjoying Paige Crosland Anderson’s work and we want you to get to know a little bit more about her. We think you will enjoy gaining more insight into her process, her motivations, and the reality of how she makes creating happen. You can enjoy even more of her work here: http://www.paigeandersonart.com

What are your sources of inspiration?

PCA: I draw inspiration from a variety of sources—quilts; mothering; ancestry and related ideas about succession; meditation and repetition; women; working with our hands; the meanings associated with repeated acts or rituals.

It’s not just the patterns of quilts that inspire me. It’s their ties to women, to women’s work, to meditation and focus. It’s their association with warmth, with family, with creating something to give to another. My grandmother is a quilter and many of my first paintings were based on quilt patterns I had grown up seeing in her home. I have recently turned to pioneer quilt patterns and studied some historical Mormon pioneer quilts that have served as the basis of my latest work.

Often my paintings are like meditations—painting is my quiet time to think about my life, about the little, seemingly quotidian things that make life meaningful and rich. My studio time is a space where I can work out my daily struggles mentally.

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