Detail- Homeland
       
     
Homeland
       
     
Loves Me Loves Me Not
       
     
Utopia
       
     
Peacemaker
       
     
Bleeding Heart
       
     
Full Circle
       
     
Detail- Homeland
       
     
Detail- Homeland

As a mother, the concept of safety blankets and placebos hold a lot appeal. A spritz of peppermint foot spray to the back of a pillow can be effectively rebranded as 'good dream spray,' and earn you a full night of sleep. But as a citizen, it has been with anger and dismay that I watched my nation become seduced by the promise of a safety blanket when true security is a more nuanced affair. There is a popular, though disproved story, that tells of quilts being used to guide slaves in the underground railroad. On their face those quilts were benign. Likewise, these pieces originally based on quilts, are at first glance genial. A sweet sampler, quaint and a bit old fashioned. But a deeper look reveals word play, and imagery meant to convey the complexity of national issues and personal relationships. These pieces were made during George W Bush's tenure, and I have removed the W from my alphabet in silent disobedience.

Homeland
       
     
Homeland

39"h x 34"l x 3"d - 2006

Loves Me Loves Me Not
       
     
Loves Me Loves Me Not

30"h x 28.5"l x 3"d- 2006

Utopia
       
     
Utopia

19"h x 24.5"l x 2.5"d - 2007

Peacemaker
       
     
Peacemaker

17"h x 23.5"l x 25"d 2009

Bleeding Heart
       
     
Bleeding Heart

29"h x 23"l x 2.5"d - 2007

Full Circle
       
     
Full Circle

36"h x 37"l x 3"d - 2006