Kathryn Clark

A for­mer urban plan­ner, Kathryn Clark is very aware of the fore­clo­sure cri­sis that is hap­pen­ing in the United States right now. Her series, Fore­clo­sure Quilts pairs quilts with this cri­sis, and inter­est­ingly ties home own­er­ship with the handed down his­tory of quilts. She writes:

It was impor­tant to me to present the whole story in a way that would cap­ti­vate people’s atten­tion and make a mem­o­rable state­ment. Mak­ing map quilts seemed an ironic solu­tion. Quilts act as a func­tional mem­ory, an his­tor­i­cal record of dif­fi­cult times. It is dur­ing times of hard­ship that peo­ple have tra­di­tion­ally made quilts, often resort­ing to scraps of cloth when so poor they could not afford to waste a sin­gle thread of fabric.

The neigh­bor­hoods shown are not an anom­aly; they are a recur­ring pat­tern seen from coast to coast, urban to sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods across the US. The prob­lem has not been solved, it is still occur­ring, just chang­ing shape, affect­ing more of us.

All images via her web­site.

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