Renie Breskin Adams

A true poet of interior spaces, Renie Adams depicts domestic scenes in which she, her family, friends, and pets mingle with the creatures of her imagination, while beneath the humor lies thoughtful commentary about art and her own role as a maker of it. She is a masterful colorist, whose palette ranges from the tender earth tones of her early works to her more recent, radiant, impressionistic hues. Her technique is astounding, comprising a variety of marks, stitches, knots, and loops.


People sometimes ask, "Why do you stitch?" or "Why don't you just paint?" Connections to textiles in my daily life make fiber materials very real to me and inherently meaningful. As a child I sewed, crocheted afghans, and made rag dolls. I like the aggressive colors and textures of fabrics. I am aware of the clothing on my body, and it feels good. Every morning when I ride my exercise bike, I look sideways and enjoy the pattern formed by the edges of my clothes hanging in the open closet. I look down and see my oriental rug, always an inspiration. I am inspired by narrative tradition in textiles--rugs, quilts, and ceremonial cloths which are meaningful both for their pictorial content and as useful objects. I like to experience a work of art as an object not only as an illusory image. I think of a traditional painting as a facade and the fabric behind it as merely an unseen armature. I think of my embroideries as objects with a front and a back, threads aggressively engaging and surrounding fabric, a visible process, intense and intimate, essential to the meaning of the image.

Renie Breskin Adams, from Renie Breskin Adams: Inside Out catalog.






The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
White House Holiday Ornaments Collection, Washington, D.C.
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
Private Collections

Available Catalogs

Renie Breskin Adams
Inside Out











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