Whitework: Surrender This Story of Salt
cotton cloth, thread and quilt batting, salt, whitewashed poplar and hemlock
5' x 5' x 6'
Exhibited in Made in Oregon at the White Box Gallery, Portland, OR. March 2017.
Curated by Brian Gillis and Cris Moss.
The quilted inscription on the flag reads as follows:
They say she became salt
forever in a backwards glance.
she didn't realize she was doing it
holding so tightly
to all she thought she knew.
In this work's title, the word "Whitework" functions both as reference to a form of white-on-white quilting popular in the 18th century American colonies, as well as a call to action, for both myself and other white-identified people in this country to awaken from our historical amnesia and take responsibility for our actions and ancestries.