Therese May says she considers KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING "one of my best pieces of the '80s."
The quilt is one of six art pieces she made in the mid 1980s that "involved expressing my identity as an artist-painter-quiltmaker. In this series, three were art quilts and three were paintings on unstretched canvas, but with fabric borders which were attached with buttons along the edges of the painting part. I wanted to show the viewer that there really wasn't that much difference between painting and quiltmaking; that the two were interchangeable, and that the image took precedent over the medium. I put grommets around the edge as a hanging device. I thought grommets with nails in the wall made sense before I found out about sewing a sleeve onto the back of the piece!"
SAWBLADE, another of the three quilts in the group, is part of the Ardis and Robert James Collection at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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