Jane Burch Cochran
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
2007Various fabrics including necktie silks, silk taffeta, cottons, blends, oilcloth, beads, buttons, paint, cording
Machine pieced, hand appliquéd using beads, machine and hand quilted, hand embellished
69 x 66 inches
Jane Cochran explains:" In most prisons in the United States, a prisoner who is about to be executed is allowed to make a final meal request. The meal is usually served the night before the execution. This is a strange and haunting ritual, but perhaps these people are the only ones who know what their last meal will be. I have selected twelve meals that were requested. I have done several quilts about food, and this is one in the on going series titled 'Food for Thought.'
" I have chosen to use the more traditional quilt format of the block, in this case, the rectangle representing a food tray to hold the meals. This is really a conceptual piece but with many artistic choices of fabric. The quilt is neither pro nor con on the death penalty but I hope it will cause the viewer to pause and think about this ritual. I personally have always been opposed to the death penalty, but I don't know how I would feel if I had a personal experience."
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