36″ x 43″
Canaries are special creatures for miners. They represent the life and the light of every miner that goes down into the mine. Held in cages, their death is a sign that oxygen has diminished and the miners’ lives are at risk. It is through this lens of the canary as a totem that I have created this self-portrait. On the outside, a placid expression covers every difficulty, but the vines are tightening and their thorns are sharp. The discord of the outside world threatens to strangle the life of the artist, but the canary is present as a lifeline of inspiration and hope.
Wash & Wax: A Collaboration, Hammond Gallery, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL March/April 2016
Georgia Artists, Abernathy Arts Center, Sandy Springs, GA May/June 2016
International Quilt Festival/Houston: World of Beauty, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX November 2016
The Skin We Are In, badassquilterssociety.com, February 2017