Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Studio series: Mennonitemare #3

Mennonitemare #3 is an early quilt that I made while I was a student at Sheridan College. Mennonitemare is a play on words: Mennonite + nightmare. The building is the Mennonite church floating through space. I dyed and silkscreened most of the fabrics, then hand-stitched the whole thing while watching truly bad TV until all hours of the morning. The quilt addresses the issues of sexual abuse in the Mennonite church. It incorporates textiles silk-screened with articles about abuse from a national Mennonite newspaper along with textiles printed with images of a security grill from a court house. The cheerful colours of the quilt draw you in and then whomp! you with surprise once you start reading the text. Tricky, very tricky.

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