Welcome Home: A Sweet And Sour Quilt Installation at the AS220 Reading Room Gallery
I have always wanted to quilt an entire room ever since I learned sewing and quilting at the age of 9. In my studio practice I think about the work in terms of collections. Considering the presentation is a natural part of my making process. I don't work piece by piece, I do things all at once. That is what is cool about installation, you have your way with the viewer. You are literally inviting people into your world. There is something exciting about that to me, more so than looking at a drawing. Welcome Home: a Sweet and Sour Quilt Installation is an experience.
In this installation I want to be honest about childhood, pleasure and pain, and being vulnerable. The feeling of having all that intrigue and wonder with things being so exciting but also scary and dark at the same time. As a child you have to rely on people, even if it is not the people you would choose. In childhood everything is new and there are all these possibilities, but it is also really painful and dark, you don't have any control. In Welcome Home I want to share that experience, make it vivid for the audience. At some level, that is what it must be like for everybody, at least part of the time.*
*This installation was the first quilted room I ever made. It was presented in September of 2014 at the AS220 Reading Room off of the Project Space Gallery.