Maggy Hiltner: Vantage Point

Maggy Hiltner: Vantage Point

Monday, October 7, 2019 to Friday, February 14, 2020

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner is a full-time studio artist and activist living in Red Lodge, Montana. She comes from a family of makers: her mother and grandmothers needlepointed pillows, made quilts and stitched or knitted their clothes and toys; her father built odd things and cooked outrageous meals and painted murals in their home. 

Hiltner searches antique shops, thrift stores and yard sales for embroidered linens, collecting the brightly colored flowers, foliage, and animals that appear in her work. What she cannot find she hand-stitches and mixes in with the collected embroidery. She uses the familiarity of the stitch along with seemingly lighthearted and cheerful designs to convey more serious subject matter. She often uses humor and Dick and Jane-style characters to tell her stories, and very rarely is everything quite what it seems.

Note:  The panels are clued in the tickertape of information at the top and bottom of the panel, and then many of those terms are explained in the glossary.

Installation view:  Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas.  2016.

Vantage Point. Panel 3. Hand-stitched cotton and found embroidery, 2015, 2018.