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Peace Porridge
is about Mother Love and the healing, protecting energy it has, whether it’s a real mother and her children or the Earth and her creatures.

This is a giant St Quilta the Comforter in her Peace Buddha Girl duds, holding a big bowl of Peace Porridge (pea pods with peace symbols for peas.) She’s got big shoulder eyes, watching, guarding, bearing the burdens, if possible, for those she loves. A strong mother is a protectoress.

Many peace symbols and peace roses cover the background of this piece, along with tons of my diary writing done directly on the cloth, with my airpen. St Q is a huge figure here, becoming Mother Nature, Mother Love, and Green Tara. It says “Erzulie Quilta” on St Q’s big heart, because she is now also a goddess of love and compassion, a nod to Erzulie Fraeda, the Voodoo goddess of love. The heart here says “Erzulie Quilta and the Old Bags for Peace bless this Earth with their powerful prayers for Peace now and ever more.” Sitting curled up in St Q’s arms is my Peace Kitty, who often wanders the UN, conceptually, invoking peace among the diplomats, gently.

All the faces have huge third eyes and a new spiritual symbol that I invented this year: The chindi, or the chin eye. Now we can all have not only intuitive thinking, but we can communicate our intuition better, through our chindis.

You can see the Old Bags for Peace along the bottom of the quilt, with most of them wearing their sack dresses with peace symbol designs on them. But that last girl in the row! She always rips off her sack dress and shows off her peace symbol tattoo! We can’t control that woman.

A mixture of Sun, Moon, and mountains mixes in this piece with many kitchen appliances and tools, along with the peace images. Peace must begin in our hearts, in our homes, before it can go out and fill the world. The Earth needs healing in so many ways: to be cleaned up, to be allowed to become more natural again, to be treated more gently. We’re each a microcosm of the Earth, and we all need Peace.


Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)


Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade