In a quilt many different parts, each with its own story, come together to form a complex system, much like how we are all intricately connected to each other and to the natural environment. If one part of the quilt is removed, the pattern becomes unbalanced. Each section, or quilt block, in the sculpture is unique, varying in depth, pattern, and color, but combined the quilt becomes even more unusual and special.
Quilting is a traditional practice that can be found throughout the world, in textile form and also in other formats such as painted on barn exteriors throughout the midwest of the US. Handmade patchwork quilts are strongly linked to ideas surrounding warmth, memory, home, and the cycle of life. Quilts are also symbolic of creativity through resourcefulness as pieces of the quilt are often made from scraps of no longer useful fabrics or clothes. This sculpture, for example, is made from wood, a lot of which was repurposed from the support frame of a previous sculpture, and cut at different lengths and depths to form an interlocking arrangement.
Quilt. 7.5 x 4 x 3 feet. Made in 2021. On view at S. Oakland Ave. & W. Walnut St., Green Bay, WI.