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SXU Gallery features artist Margaret Leininger

Artist explores microscopic patterns

Chicago (Oct.  13, 2006) – The works of artist Margaret Leininger will be on display in an exhibit that opens Monday, Oct. 30, in the SXU Gallery at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

Titled “Synoptic Systems: Examining Social, Cellular and Geographical Structures,” the exhibit features Leininger’s artistic exploration of microscopic patterns that are found in the cellular structures of plants and animals. Using these images as a creative impetus, she creates highly detailed embroidered compositions that are meticulously hand-stitched using threads to blend and mix colors. Her work also incorporates digitally printed images of cellular structures that are enlarged to make the pixels more pronounced and visible. She then reproduces the images in pen and ink on vellum to explore the abstract patterns that are created. Her sculptural creations incorporate large stuffed fabric forms that have constructed surfaces composed of found or created objects such as hooks and wire. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30. 

“I am most intrigued with the use of the stitch for creating many pieces, as it is one of the simplest technologies and exemplifies the presence of the hand,” Leininger said. “Stitching the image onto the fabric produces a surface that is detailed, textured and luxurious, despite what may be depicted, such as cancer cells, skin cells or other biological forms that might not at first glance seem visually engaging or beautiful.”

Leininger’s work is inspired by artists such as Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, Robert Gober, Ritzi Jacobi, Anne Wilson and Warren Seelig who explore similar themes and materials. She earned her master of fine art from Arizona State University.

An opening lecture and reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the SXU Gallery. Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public. 

The SXU Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed Nov. 22 through 26.

For more information, please contact the Saint Xavier University art department at (773) 298-3081.


Contact the Saint Xavier University art department at (773) 298-3081

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