Large Art Quilts

These large format, hand made quilts can be seen within the context of ‘craftivism’: a term coined in 2003 by writer Betsy Greer which can be defined as “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite.” Craft has traditionally been viewed as ‘women’s work’ and as such was marginalized and undervalued, but the craft techniques in my work can be seen as subverting the traditional genre of portraiture. Piecing fabric together creates an image that is quite different, and less real, than a painting, which oftentimes seeks to imitate and/or idealize the person being portrayed. Instead, I have searched to find the individual and emotional human character of each individual, and to heed the words of Paul Klee: “Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.”

 

Batik and hand dyed fabric that has been pieced and appliquéd
Woman, social justice, LGBTQ, corrective rape
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