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  • Olive Hyde Gallery: "29th annual Textile Exhibit" (1997)
  • The Breast Cancer Fund: "Art.Rage.Us. Art and Writing by Women with Breast Cancer" (1998)





Celtic Crosses 1.1-1.6
1996 / each 15w x 16h
Materials and techniques: Cotton fabrics, some hand-dyed and painted; screen door netting; Japanese calendar. Machine sewn.
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Ann's Comments: "When I first started dealing with breast cancer, I became a professional patient. In a way, that was a much easier way to live, because I could clear away all extraneous activities and focus on one thing. Now, as my cancer recedes further into the background, I seem to have once again filled my life with activities.

How can I be a saxophonist, a composer, a liturgical Artist-in-Residence, and a quiltmaker ­ all activities that I'm good at and enjoy ­ without going crazy? The word simplify presents itself. I still don't know how to simplify my life, but in these quilts I pared down the cross into just two elements, a line (narrow strip of fabric) and a seam perpendicular to the line. Then I tried starting with a circle and adding the line and seam, and the crosses became Celtic crosses. The method of construction is such that the outcome is unknown, even to me, until the last step is completed."

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