Mending Gold: When Will It Be Enough

Mending Gold: When Will It Be Enough? | 96"w X 84"h X 15"d | Hand stitched quilt with gold thread and brass casings | Mending Gold: When Will It Be Enough? | detail | Hand stitched quilt with gold thread and brass casings | This whole cloth quilt references the types of quilts made from the late 1700's, which was the same time the 2nd Amendment was written in 1791. The threads that fall to the floor of brass gun casings reference specific mass shootings across the continental United States. Each gold thread is a sorrowful reminder of lost mothers, fathers, grandparents, uncles and aunts to friends. This was created as a response for the need for change in gun laws that will make a difference in our daily lives in the U.S. We clearly have a massive problem. This piece was first exhibited in Mending Gold: Reverence at George Fox University that opened October 2, 2017. This was the day after Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival killing 58 and wounding 413. This piece will continue have golden threads added until proactive gun legislation is passed and real change is made. The mending performance/video at the Guns: Loaded Conversations exhibition at the Central Michigan University, University Gallery took place January 15, 2020.