A Good Death
found and salvaged fabrics, cotton batting, cotton thread, embroidery floss, hope
63" x 51", 2021.
Abolition is a good death. Lately, I have been exploring concepts of death, rebirth, and destruction as a path to freedom. In order to move forward, our current ways of life that are inherently tied to systems of oppression must die. From the ashes of our old ways we will find feathers of hope and wings of liberation. I am reminded of regrowth forests that, after surviving natural or manmade disasters, are reborn with greater diversity and vitality than ever before. The criminal legal system does not bring us justice, it only retraumatizes those of us with the greatest needs. I believe that healing happens in community and that our best hope of a fruitful rebirth is to dedicate ourselves to the nourishment of those who surround us. I chose quilting as my medium because the physicality of stitching together colors, patterns and shapes that otherwise seem incompatible is a beautiful analogy for how we can create community out of people who were once strangers. It speaks to the interconnectedness and interdependence of all people.