Past Exhibitions

Monterey Now: Malin Lager

June 6–October 20, 2014
MMA Pacific Street

Textile artist Malin Lager creates astonishingly detailed wall works using a sewing machine and thread. Her masterful creations resemble illusionistic paintings that address evocative and challenging universal themes.  Her subjects range from lichen covered rocks, wet cobblestone streets, and profound portraits of her family and friends. Lager’s extraordinary artworks fabricated on stretched canvas are so expertly rendered and sharp that they are often mistaken for oil paintings. Her skill and artistry in this medium border on the implausible and must be experienced in person to be fully understood. Lager’s meticulous process begins with vividly colored strands of thread layered over a patched fabric background, similar to traditional methods in painting—such as under-painting—in order lay down color and composition. Using the sewing machine as an expressive tool, Lager’s stitches create crosshatched marks that incorporate a broad, colorful palette of threads from dark to light. Creative experimentation has been part of her environment since childhood, as she belongs to a Swedish family rich with four generations of artists. Lager has exhibited widely in Sweden, and her work has been collected by the National Museum, Stockholm, among other institutions. She spends significant stretches of time in the Monterey Bay area. This exhibition at the Monterey Museum of Art marks Malin Lager’s first museum show in California. The Monterey Now series honors local artists who make significant contributions to the visual arts in the Monterey Bay area and beyond.

Image: Malin Lager, Emelie II, 2013, textile and embroidery ©2014 Malin Lager

Exhibition Brochure (PDF)