As in many of Nancy Erickson's recent quilts, both the cougar and the woman are marked with images of animals that reference neolithic cave paintings. She explains: "In the mid 1990s, I worked on quilted pieces that showed bears in caverns or in rooms formerly occupied by humans and covered with cave drawings of early animals. The bears wander through these environments, teaching their cubs about history. In this quilt, the ancient history is imprinted on the cougar and human, both of whom are freed of caves and rooms, and move freely on the wall."
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