Stitch and Line — A Creative Life, works by Joy Busch
Selby Fleetwood Gallery (600 Canyon Road) shows several decades of work by fiber and mixed-media artist Joy Busch in Stitch and Line —
A Creative Life, opening Friday, April 22, with a 5 p.m. reception. Busch’s free-form and brightly colored artwork includes wearable pieces, sculptural forms, wall hangings, manipulated fabrics, appliqués, embellishment, and embroidery, among other mediums and techniques. She mixes and matches fiber traditions and cultural imagery in her pieces, so Japanese imagery might be stitched alongside Native American-inspired graphic elements or abstract shapes. She is guided by intuition and a sense of freedom from established rules and order, a practice she learned while breaking free from the expectations put on her when she was a young woman. Busch, who turns eighty in 2016, has lived in Santa Fe for 25 years, after a few decades in Breckenridge, Colorado, where the Chicago native ran a gallery and retail shop called The Prize Box and earned extra income by working nights as a hotel receptionist. She maintains a studio known for its eclectic collection of fabric, thread, beads, buttons, and other elements of fiber art that she has amassed over the years, as well as travel sketchbooks and drawings she makes when she can’t sleep.
Stitch and Line runs through Thursday, April 28. For information, call 505-992- 8877. — Jennifer Levin
A detail of Joy Busch’s work