Power is Knowledge

  • fabric, thread
  • 35 x 26 in
  • $2,000.00
  • Lea McComas

For want of a light the lesson was lost.
For want of a lesson the student was lost.
For want of a student the teacher was lost
For want of a teacher the school was lost
For want of a school the village was lost.
For want of a village a culture was lost.
And all for the want of a light.

A simple solar lantern has the power to illuminate, not just the simple family home, but the minds of those within.

Created for an exhibition on energy poverty organized by Quilt for Change, this piece addresses an important social issue: the need for clean, sustainable energy sources in third world countries. The luminosity of this piece is created by the strong contrast and dominance of very light and very dark values with relatively small areas of middle value. The educational content of the books on the table is implied with the text and figures superimposed on the background. These were stitched using the text stitches of my Janome Memory Craft 6600.

  • Subject Matter: Genre
  • Created: April 2013
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