Last night some of my friends on facebook started talking about the “F” quilts hanging in the show. First let me say that I was not offended by any quilt in the show. I think of quilts, all quilts, as art. Some are based on subjects that I don’t particularly care for, but I keep in mind that it is the art of the maker and can be as volatile as any art in any museum. Be warned. You never know what you will see in a museum or in a quilt show. If you don’t want your young children exposed to art, leave them at home.
That being said, I loved the “F” quilts! I took photos of both and of the sheets telling about them. Unfortunately, the photo telling about the more controversial of the two is blurry. I’m putting it on the blog anyway. (Click on the photos if you want to enlarge them to see or read them better.) The Fuck You Cancer quilt spoke to me because I’ve had family die from cancer and many friends have fought it. My cousin is fighting it now. I’ve thought this exact phrase as my dear friend Catherine was battling breast cancer last year, for the second time. I wish I had made a quilt like this for her! I wasn’t quilting last year, so it was not a possibility and hopefully there will never be another need for it.
The more controversial quilt is also a group quilt. They wanted to make a quilt that tested the boundaries of text and censorship. The Give a F*ck quilt was born of that desire. It was not my favorite quilt in the show and I’ll admit I was a little shocked when I first saw it, but it did not offend me. I like this quilt! I think it’s fun. Seriously, who hasn’t heard this word nowadays? It’s really not that shocking anymore. That may be sad, but it’s true. The times are different and this word is spoken often in movies, homes and in public, especially by younger people.
I did not take a photo of the quilt that made me the most uncomfortable. The one that came the closest to “offending” me was a pixelated gun. When I first came up on it, I just saw the black, white and red. Then I really “saw” the picture in the quilt. I didn’t like it. I am a gun owner. I use them here on my rural land. I don’t hunt, but I have them for protection against the occasional snake and that sort of thing. I don’t dislike guns or even the thought of quilts with guns on them, but I was uncomfortable looking at that particular gun quilt this weekend. It brought back memories of family gun deaths and then made me think of national tragedies. To me, the gun was much more “offensive” than the “F” quilts. I didn’t feel that the gun should be “celebrated” in this way at this time. That was my feeling and my reaction. You are entitled to your own.
***I’ve had a comment that explains the gun quilt more. It is not a celebration but speaks of the gun deaths of children. Thank you, amyps! This is a great reminder that you should always read the quilt’s “story”!
I wonder if the “F” quilts would have been controversial if they had been hanging in a larger show? Maybe International Quilt Festival in Houston?