Despair and Hope by Carolyn Carson

by Allison Wilbur on February 21, 2011

Despair and Hope by Carolyn Carson

Despair and Hope

Carolyn Carson

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The weeping woman depicted in the piece, representative of all women, is juxtaposed against a sunrise with butterflies, suggesting hope. Women worldwide are victims of multiple types of oppression, assault and discrimination. These issues have concerned me for my entire adult life. This piece calls attention to that horrific fact and yet suggests that there is hope if more people are cognizant of the issues and work to make change.

I use the art quilt as a medium to express my horror at the condition of women globally because textile work, in many cultures and throughout time, is – and has been – the work of women. I have used the time-honored techniques of hand spinning, crochet, embroidery, applique and quilting in order to convey the reality of female oppression. Materials include cotton batiks and handspun wool.

Let women’s voices be heard.

[The views expressed on this page are those of the Quilt creator and do not necessarily reflect those of Quilt for Change or Quilt Challenge sponsors]

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