Monday, May 29, 2006

May 31, 2006


This is my submission to Images, the exhibit for Open Hearts/Helping Hands project. This exhibit is about works which were made in response to the hurricanes and their aftermath.

Here is my artist statement about the piece. It is entitled, "Into the Void".
Dimensions: 29 wide by 23 long

This piece is entitled: “Into the Void”. If you have ever been through a hurricane, you will never forget the eerie silence as the eye of the storm passes over. After going through the noise and chaos of the howling wind and rain, the silence feels unnatural and the return to the chaos is almost welcome. Anything is better than the void, the absence.

In the summer of 2005, my father was dying of cancer on the West Bank of New Orleans. The doctors only gave him a few more months. Like most summers, hurricanes in the Gulf are ordinary, happening in the peripheral of our lives. They come close, you take the necessary precautions, but they always go some place else; however, that isn’t the way it happened this particular August. The decision to evacuate was a hard one for my stepmother and father, knowing that my father wasn’t strong enough to be moved any distance. The 12 hours drive, the long waits for gasoline and drinkable water on the way, were too much for him. My father passed from this earth two weeks later in Pensacola, never returning to his home in New Orleans. This quilt is about the void that was created by Katrina - the void of losing a parent to cancer, and the void of losing a city to a monster of a hurricane.

3 comments:

jenclair said...

This is an impressive piece, and I particularly like the shape. I understand the void you are feeling as I lost my mother in December, and my father has Alzheimer's and is disappearing as well.

I have a dear friend in New Orleans, and she and her husband are struggling to regain their home and their lives.

You've created something beautiful from the chaos.

kirsty said...

This is lovely! I hope you enjoy the process of finding a new place for yourself in the world. This blogging community can be a very supportive and inspiring one.

My Brain on Quilts said...

Post post post post! I'm waiting for a new post about this piece!