Sometimes it’s all just too much.
There are so many things competing for my attention, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can’t absorb it all; I can only do one thing at a time.
This quilt represents my brain, with all kinds of stuff that occurs to me throughout any given day. Interests, responsibilities, worries, data and information coming in from outside sources, etc.
I also created some frames with different sized openings. The frames represent my attention span, or my (limited) mental energy. They can be moved around the quilt to capture smaller compositions, similar to the way focusing on a smaller area of concern allows me to enjoy moments and be more productive with my day.
I want the viewer to be able to move the frames around for themselves, to focus on different areas around the quilt. I made these from felt so they can be rolled and shipped, but I haven’t quite figured out how this will work in an exhibition.
MENTAL ENERGY 36×24 in
Hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, black felt, rayon and polyester thread
Machine piecing, raw edge applique with fusible web, hand guided machine stitching