Artist’s Statement: From its foundation in Feminism, my work reflects the quilt as an art form and a metaphor for my life and the lives of women of my generation.

I was asked, “What is a quilt?”  It is a question that, at first, seems obvious, but the answer goes much deeper than a hand-made bedcovering. The process of defining a quilt is the essence of my art. The quilt is a sign of women’s work. The making of a quilt implies a chain of signification through conception, use, deterioration, and, in my case, transformation. Multiple layers of the conceptual and the material make up my body of work.

A quilt is a series of layers of fabric, layers of meaning, decisions of purpose and design. I am interested in the individual stories each quilt “knows”–as a witness to love and birth and dreams and death. I do not know these individual stories, only that they exist and have energy of their own. In transforming quilts, I interact with them in a way that is sometimes personal, sometimes metaphorical, and sometimes purely formal.

My work developed as a chain of signification beginning with the recognition of quilt as a sign of pre-feminist “women’s work.” This work was created and executed with attention to design and purpose. It was used, washed, worn.  Often, it was separated from its maker. It was found by me and painted–a sign not only of transformation, but also of post-feminist women’s achievement.