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MONEY FOR NOTHING
John Lefelhocz
Athens, Ohio
1999

Sugar packets, nylon window screening, dental floss (mint flavored), green paper, plastic flies. The sugar packets on this piece were bonded to the back layer of window screening, then each packet was illustrated with graphic markers.
33 x 72 inches

John Lefelhocz says of early quilts like this one, the first of his quilts to be juried into the prestigious Quilt National exhibition, "I was hand stitching with dental floss through window screening. There's an Appalachian culture here in southeastern Ohio, where you ...make what you've got work." Speaking specifically about Money for Nothing, he adds: "Do you see yourself as a fly trying to get to the sugar or as the sugar protected by the window screen? Markets function best when there is a balance between the goal of the fly and the goal of the sugar. The flies begrudge the screen for withholding and the sugar hopes the screen will hold the flies from their constant bombardment. Some flies will get through the screen and some of the sugar will be saved from being consumed. Loose screen and disaster ensues for both flies and sugar."

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$10,500

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