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Artist Krevitsky, Nik
Title VOO DOO STITCHERY
Date 1964
Medium cotton, wool, silk threads, felt
Place of Origin Tucson, AZ
Culture American (Regional artist)
Catalog Number 1964.2
Collection Modern Art Collection
Object Name Picture, needlework
Credit line Purchase Award, Arizona Crafts '64
Didactic Information Tucson artist Nathan "Nik" Krevitsky was an artist, author, and educator best known for his "paintings with thread." Krevitsky exhibited drawings, paintings, enamels, and his signature abstract, transparent works of stitched and appliqued fabric in more than fifty solo exhibitions across the country in the 1960s and 1970s. Krevitsky was actively involved in the Tucson and Arizona arts community, and held official positions in the Tucson Craft Guild, the Arizona Designer Craftsman, and the Arizona Art Educators Association, in addition to numerous national positions. In addition to his involvement in the art community, Krevitsky authored several art books including Batik Art and Craft (1964), Stitchery: Art and Craft (1966), and The Gift of Heaven (1968).
Voo doo Stitchery is an abstract thread "painting" characteristic of Krevitsky's work in the 1960s. This work, with its multiplicity of thread colors dispersed in all directions, exudes a sense of spontaneous excitement, crackling with energy. The blue figure in the center suggests a voodoo doll or a figure engaged in ritualistic movement. Additionally, the ominous black background acts as a sharp contrast to the bright thread colors, which appear to jump off the canvas as they take on an almost three-dimensional quality.
(December 2015)