26.25" wide x 24"
Top: photos of graffiti ink-jet
printed on fabric, machine stitched onto burlap.
Cotton batting and backed with
commercial fabric. Binding is upholstery fabric with cording inside,
edge exposed as part of the binding technique.
For years I have been taking
photographs of graffiti as I am fascinated by it's symbolism as well
accessibility to all who see it and the reactions people have to it.
sometimes edgy, outsider type art and sometimes just plain vandalism
destructive in it's nature. It is always transient, not meant to last
outdoor elements. This is precisely why I chose burlap as the fabric
quilt top.....it tends to disintegrate after some time. It is also "rough",
as these symbols are in their natural state. I enjoy the dissonance that
graffiti often portrays, the clash of color, the lack of unity amongst
"tags" and logos, and have carried that lack of unity into
the quilt, separating
the pieces of graffiti from one another (while at the same time attempting
balance the piece with the symbol which appears repeatedly in sequence
quilt). The "Kitty likes fish" graffiti, taken from under the
Brooklyn Bridge in
the 1980's is one of my favorite pieces of graffiti. I enjoy knowing
that I have
kept it all these years after the original is surely long since faded