Photo credit: Tif Holmes
Marika Pineda is an emerging artist working in textiles, primarily in the form of art quilting. She comes to this work after a life oriented to the written word, from writing poetry and fiction, to careers as a technical editor and librarian. Her inner creative compass pointed to a new north after recovering from cancer in 2010, and she found herself craving a visual means of expression. She gravitated to textiles because of the intimate role they play in our physical lives, their tactile nature, and the endless range of possibilities for manipulation.
As her art practice develops, she takes pleasure in letting compositional goals inform her surface design processes, and vice versa. She continues to learn and experiment with techniques that inspire her to grow as an artist.
In the last two years Marika's work has appeared in FASA 43, the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene, the Museum at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Houston International Quilt Expo, and the Dallas Quilt Show. She has a piece in an international exhibition sponsored by Studio Art Quilt Associates, "Concrete & Grassland," which has toured to the Birmingham International Festival of Quilts, as well as venues in London, Dublin, and Shanghai.
In 2016 she relocated from the Pacific Northwest to Lubbock, Texas, where she lives with her musicologist husband and two truly terrible terriers.
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I could not say any other way -- things I had no words for."