ARTIST STATEMENT: Margaret Cusack
After studying graphic design, typography, printmaking, drawing, animation, sculpture and painting at Pratt Institute, I later chose fabric and thread as my medium for creating artworks and illustrations. I applied all of my previous
training to this unconventional medium: samplers, stitched artwork, and soft sculpture.
“Why fabric?” is a question that is always asked. The answer is simple: To me, fabric is instantaneous color, pattern and texture. It also evokes emotion, memory and nostalgia. I use fabric to transmit these qualities to the viewer.
Since 1972, my stitched images have been used primarily for large-scale hangings
and illustrations, but I have also created stitched props, costumes, quilts and portraits that have been used in children’s books, posters, advertisements, magazines, etc. My book, Picture Your World in Applique, published by Watson-Guptill Publications, includes galleries of my stitched artwork.
My interest as an artist is in presenting realism by using the interplay of patterns and textures. I enjoy creating images that involve viewers and evoke a response.
Wrangler Map 2005 Applique: fabric and thread 48" x 40" "Wrangler Map" was originally created for use as a poster for Wrangler Jeans. The artwork has been exhibited several times in galleries.
"Nighttime" 1989 Applique: fabric and thread 14" x 20" Thsi peaceful landscape, "Nighttime" was commissioned for an advertisement for Quikset Locks.
Untitled 1979 Applique: fabric and thread 54" x 104" To create a shaded effect for this large scale, appliqued commissioned hanging, I dyed the textured cloud fabric, as well as the satin sky fabric.
Untitled 2001 Applique: fabric and thread 17" x 16" This folk art, appliqued artwork was commissioned by Time, Inc.s "Time For Kids" Magazine for an article about living in a small town.
"City and Country Landscape" 1995 Applique: fabric and thread 15.5" x 25.5" This image was commissioned by Harcourt, Inc. for a children's book illustration.
Untitled 1998 Applique: fabric and thread 20" x 28" I created "A Question of Balance" for a Brooklyn church in honor of a woman who had devoted a great deal of time and effort to help others.
Untitled 1993 Applique: fabric and thread 72" x 144" "A Time for Hope" is a commissioned appliqued hanging that commemorates the life of Bishop Francis J. Mugavero (the sixth bishop of Brooklyn). I created the individual images so that they wo
Vacirca Portrait 1983 Applique: fabric and thread 31" x 20" "Vacirca Portrait" This private commission is an appliqued, nostalgic portrait of a young couple on their wedding day. The artwork is based on their wedding photo. This stitched portrait com
Stefan 2009 Applique: fabric and thread 9.25" x 7.5" "Stefan" I created this appliqued artwork of Der Spiegel art director, Stefan Kiefer, as part of my Gold and Silver Portrait Series, which currently includes twelve portraits that I've
Statue of Liberty 1985 Applique: fabric and thread 17" x 16" "Statue of Liberty" This appliqued artwork was commissioned by Avon, Inc. as the July image of Avon's 1986 Centennial Calendar. (17" x 16" 1985) "Statue of Liberty"
Untitled 2012 Applique: fabric and thread 60" x 60" This private commission was for a collector who owns a water filtration company. He generously said that I could "do whatever I wished and take as long as I wanted." His only stipulation was
Untitled 1979 Applique: fabric and thread 42" x 48" I have always been intrigued with clouds and have included them in many of my appliquéd landscape artworks. For "Ochre Skyscape," I used some dyeing techniques to enhance the fabrics
Untitled 2008 Applique: fabric and thread 12" x 12" As one of the appliqued images in my Gold and Silver Portrait Series, I created this artwork to honor Barack Obama on the eve of his inauguration in 2009. The series currently includes twelve portrait
New York, New York 2002 Applique: fabric and thread 20" x 96" "New York, New York" is an appliqued commission for private collectors, that I created in 2002. Even though the World Trade Center had been destroyed in 2001, the decision that my clients a
Linguini With Clams 1980 Applique: fabric and thread 54" x 44" I created this appliqued hanging with a dimensional aspect of satin noodles and stitched clams, that appear to be falling off the plate.
Hope Davis 2010 Applique: fabric and thread 18" x 15" "Hope Davis," I created this appliqued portrait of actress, Hope Davis, as part of the Gold and Silver Portrait Series, which currently includes twelve portraits. For these artworks, I use m
Hands 1992 Applique: fabric and thread 144" x 108" "Hands" includes twelve 36" x 36" colorful, appliqued artworks. "Hands" was commisioned by the Culinary Institute of America and was installed in their Continuing Educati
Elizabeth Taylor 1985 Applique: fabric and thread 28" x 18" I created this air-brushed, appliqued portrait of the actress, Elizabeth Taylor, because I have always been fascinated with her beauty. I included several pieces of rhinestone jewelry in the artwork,
Coming Home 2001 Applique: fabric and thread 14" x 13" "Coming Home" is a quilted, appliqued image that I created for a Chicago Tribune article. The background information is that after Sept. 11, 2001 (911), people had an overwhelming fear of fl
Cause and Effect 2000 Applique: fabric and thread 8" x 10" "Cause and Effect" is an appliqued image of two portraits of my brother, James Weaver... when he was a child and when he was a 28 year old adult. This artwork is the first in a series of por