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Whitework: Surrender This Story of Salt

2017
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
preserved
forever in a backwards glance.
perhaps
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.



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