Artist, Embroidery

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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