Improv fun with scraps. May 2022.
Neon Ruins: a radical approach to remembrance
Monuments help us, personally and communally, to remember the things we deem worth remembering. I used a traditional piecing method to create an angular shape to represent the top of a pillar. I included a combination of green scraps from an old abandoned project and a neon green construction company t-shirt that my partner received on a temp job where the task involved breaking down a large temporary structure.
Sometimes, when bogged down by deep worry about the future of our planet, I need help remembering the resiliency and fluidity of nature. I made this block in an effort to reassure myself, and hopefully others, to trust in the dynamic powers and sacred wisdom of our planet. We are, and our future ancestors will be, a part of its divine processes of creation and destruction.
Leaning into this trust allows us the energy and focus needed to resist the forces that are accelerating climate disasters around the world. I hope that our future ancestors will see our monuments: physical evidence of our activism, remnants of our values solidified through our art - and know who we were well enough to remember us.
This block was made for a community quilting bee hosted by Laub, an artist in LA. The theme for this 3rd annual quilting bee was Our Envisioned Future. You can read my artist's statement for this block below.