Made by Marion

Monday, May 15, 2006

Below The Tide


H:89cm x W: 51cm
September 2003

This quilt is made from hand-dyed recycled wool blanket with hand-dyed wool thread plus commercial threads and found objects with cotton backing.
It is dedicated to all those who perished at sea while trying to reach Australia. They are part of our historical record and part of our collective psyche but a lot of them don't have recorded names. They just disappeared - leaving behind a void in their original country and making no mark on their new one. They have become one with the fabric of the whole world.

I originally entered this in an exhibition held at the Braemar gallery in New South Wales and it is now going to be part of a retrospective exhibition at the Sydney Quilt Show .

If you look closely you will see bony hands reaching out to the surface. I included bits of gold as refugees try to carry gold with which to start their new life.

4 Comments:

At 10:18 am, Blogger Terri said...

This is wonderful. Very powerful and very moving. One of your best I think. :o)

 
At 2:23 am, Blogger marion said...

Marion, this is magnificent.

 
At 3:16 pm, Blogger Anne Wigfull said...

Marion, this reminds me of all the books read over the years about the early settlers journeys to Australia, both transported and the willing and the awful privations suffered.Powerful work.

 
At 12:04 pm, Blogger Helen Suzanne said...

I love the piece and the story behind it too. very inspirational thank you

 

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