TIME RUNS OUT Robin Schwalb
New York, New York
2002 Cotton fabrics, stenciled. Machine pieced, hand appliquéd and reverse appliquéd, hand quilted.
36 x 36 inches
Robin Schwalb, seen basting this quilt below, comments: "Time runs out for our hapless hero Harold Lloyd, who clings desperately to the huge timepiece in the classic 1923 silent film Safety Last!. His drama unfolds, a twenty-fourth of a second at a time, in a series of images pouring over the movie screen. Our eyes and our brains are fooled by an illusion of continuous motion, but dividing time up in this way seems artificial. Real time flows and—although philosophers and physicists may argue that this isn't true—the pace of this flow seems to vary according to our emotional state."