Caliker by Colleen Toutant Merrill
April 3 - May 22, 2015
Colleen Toutant Merrill, "Deconstructed Mustered up Quilts from Kentucky", Manipulated and re-stitched found quilts and silk embroidery thread, 2012
The title of this exhibition, Caliker, comes from the book "Aunt Jane of Kentucky", by Eliza Calvert Hall, 1907. Caliker is a term used in reference to cloth (especially the cloth in quilts) throughout the book. Merrill takes a considerable amount of inspiration from the book for many of her works included in this exhibition.
"A quilt can convey a unique cultural identity as well as a sense of community. A particular pattern title, color or fabric becomes a reflection of time and place. A consistent or erratic stitch can determine whether the quilt was constructed individually or communally at a quilting bee. Outsourcing of domestic textiles and the popularity of commercial fabric has changed the identity and communal aspect of quilt making. Through re-configuring quilts I examine the social, political and geographical associations of quilt making." --Colleen Toutant Merrill
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