Submitted by Naomi Macioce
(Naomi is a new member to MPS and the most recent addition to our blogging team.)
I recently attended an exhibit entitled “Defining Moments: Stitched Perspectives on Becoming a Woman”, by Carol Larson and Marion Coleman. This exhibit was in the beautiful gallery space of Visions Art Museum of Contemporary Quilts and Textiles, in San Diego, CA, from July 20 –October 6, 2019.
In this exhibit two close friends, tall women, and textile artists present quilts in tandem, representing many unique social, cultural, and personal factors that impacted their lives such as: family life, school years, transition into womanhood, and intimate relationships.
However, equally powerful within these quilts is the impact of the political climate, history, and laws concerning gender roles, school segregation, racism, inter-racial marriage, sexual assault, environmental destruction, and aging.
Carol Larson is a tall white woman, born in San Francisco, and spending most of her life in Petaluma, CA. Marion Coleman is a tall African American Woman, born in Wichita Falls Texas, and living in Castro Valley, CA, since 1984. Interestingly enough both of these women learned to sew when they were very young, and made their own clothes. Other very interesting similarities emerge as you view their work, despite their very different life stories.
They each consider themselves storytellers, and hope that the viewing of these poignant stories is a conduit to experiencing and sharing our own stories. Their stories have stayed with me, and I’m glad for this opportunity to share this exhibit with you.
If you’re interested in seeing their work:
Carol Larson: www.live2dye.com
Marion Coleman: www.marioncoleman.com
Visions Art Museum: www.visionsartmuseum.org