Statement: Love Thy Neighbor
From the exhibition Love Thy Neighbor
The turning tides in this country have left our communities bifurcated and broken. I am awakened by this chaos: active, engaged and concerned. These quilts attempt to mend this conflict, as they offer protection, warmth and comfort to those who seek respite from anger, pain and despair. I also use abstractions of neighborly structures; fences, gates, hedges, and walls, to separate the viewer from something lovely yet inaccessible beyond their reach. By putting the viewer on one side of this barrier, I recall redlining, gerrymandering and other systematic forms of racism and classism that divide communities with visible and invisible barriers.
A quilt, by definition, is an object that harmoniously brings together disparate pieces into one inseparable, functional form. The fabrics in these quilts have been found or purchased from thrift stores and yard sales across the country. They are hand-me-downs, throwaways, stained, smelly, loved, discarded and Someone Else’s. Like the makeup of our country, they are Others that become one, and their unification can call to attention the magnitude of what is possible when varied and different parts come together harmoniously.