Traditional quilts symbolize warmth, reassurance and happy memories. This ambiguous, subversive piece memorializes victims of domestic homicide. It looks like a traditional ‚ “crazy quilt” but its beauty and weight belie any promised comfort.
Instead the piece forces us to confront unpleasant realities, ensuring memory is kept alive.
Jenny Iserman: “I am largely self-taught, combining a career in social services with quilt making, book art, printmaking and mixed media. My day job sensitized me to the wrongs of our world, and my work reflects my conviction that one purpose of art is to bear witness and hope for change. This piece was originally juried into “Outside/Inside” at 2012 FiberPhiladelphia. It is one of my series of quilts and artist’s books exhibited in 2014 at the Durham (Ontario) Art Gallery.”
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.