Stories of Migration

Receptacles of Memory       Jane E. Dunnewold  •  San Antonio, Texas, USA

Receptacles of Memory
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15 x 72 x 8 inches - photo by Zenna James

A reworked quilt is a symbol of transition and paradox. Once soft and meant for a bed, it is now stiff and scratchy, transformed into a sort of landscape, across which thoughts, fears, and memories traverse. The quilts of those on the move function as “receptacles of memory” for these people who are launching into a world that could at best be characterized as unknown. It must take incredible strength of character and stamina to hold onto that which was important before the travels and travails began, in the hopes that it might be recreated and flourish again.

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