Rainbow of Chaos
Davis, CA- August 11, 2014 - UC Davis Craft Center Gallery presents “Rainbow of Chaos,” the solo exhibition of glass mosaic instructor and volunteer Jennifer Rutherford, August 11 - September 19. The exhibition primarily features glass mosaics, paintings, and knitted garments designed by the artist, with the occasional sculpture or jewelry piece thrown in. Featured themes and inspiration seen in the works include fantasy, costumes, nature, and the UC Davis campus landscape and artwork. Many of the works in the show were created while taking Craft Center classes in sculpture, painting, and drawing, or are based on skills learned at the Craft Center such as making mosaics.
Part of the fun of mosaics is the ability to reuse materials, such as a broken computer mouse or sculpture, or a fused glass mosaic that broke in the kiln. One can create abstract pieces, or replicate a real life scene, or just create a fantasy. This show primarily features mosaics and paintings that recreate scenes from life or create a different environment altogether.
The artist has (after several years of struggle and nasty tangles) finally figured out how to do intarsia and Fair Isle knitting, and thus has been able to create some new patterns featuring intensive design and color work. One of her sweaters was seen recently in the California State Fair, with more to come in the future. She has also started working on freestyle knitting, completing her first sweater in that style out of her own handspun yarn. She also likes to design at least one knitted costume piece for Halloween every year, some of which are on display here such as a Rapunzel bodice with detachable sleeves and a memorable peacock-patterned bathrobe.