Helen R Klebesadel

Barn Raising Quilt

  • Watercolor on Paper
  • 20 x 28 in
    (50.8 x 71.12 cm)
  • $1,500.00
  • Helen R Klebesadel

When I was growing up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin I thought I didn't know any artists. I thought artists were crazy dead white guys from Europe who cut off their ears. I didn't realize that I was surrounded by artists everyday, who worked in fibers or wood. Many sewed quilts, knitted, crocheted, and they could generally could make anything. I have very vivid memories of my great grandmother creating a crazy quilt, which inspired a series of painting honoring these artists and her. My series, called "Everyday Use" (after a short story by Alice Walker), now includes 30+ paintings. This painting is inspired by a traditional quilt patterned named after the kind of collaborative community event that used to be far more common.

 
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