Quilt Highlighting Gun Violence at New England Quilt Museum

by Allison Wilbur on December 12, 2013

Bang You're Dead by Jaquie Gering

Bang You’re Dead by Jaquie Gering


The anniversary of the Newtown school shootings is on all our minds, as is the pain that all families of victims of gun violence feel at what should be a joyous time of year.  This powerful piece titled “Bang You’re Dead” by Jacquie Gering of Chicago is part of the Roots of Modern Quilting exhibit at the the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. As you can see from the artist’s statement, Jacquie’s husband works in the Chicago public school system where he is confronted daily with the toll gun violence takes on the students.  While at first glance the quilt might seem a modern black and white quilt, the story behind it leaves a graphic and disturbing message.  The strength and simplicity of the design stir questions about the gun control debate.  Is it black and white, good versus evil or is it more complex? Are there racial elements in terms of who is being affected? Kudos to Jacquie for making such a powerful quilt and to the New England Quilt Museum for including it in this fantastic exhibit which runs until Dec 28.

Bang You're Dead artist's statement

Bang You’re Dead artist’s statement

Zita Hanson Braun January 29, 2016 at 9:07 pm

very powerful

Hosting Deutschland June 29, 2016 at 9:06 am

The fully assembled quilts show how gun violence has become part of the fabric of America, but also show the strength, power and beauty of moms joining together.

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