“Out of the Ashes” is a protest piece made from fire debris my late sister gave to me after she had a house fire…and a piece from my childhood home house fire. In memory of my sister, Theresa Carr.
Perhaps a saving grace of the current Covid 19 Pandemic and Police
Brutality Protests is our growing awareness and desire to change systemic
racial injustice that has been going on for 400 years in America.
I try to show some historic roots of racial oppression through the use of
color and a two color interlock weaving technique. The different warp
threads are the same throughout the length of the weaving and represent
multiple ethnicities of the world.
The weft threads tell a story starting at the bottom of the weaving and
ending at the top. The interlocking black and turquoise yarns represent the
slave bearing ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean to deliver their “cargo”
to southern plantations and island sugar cane fields. The threads of cotton
puffs are the cotton fields the slaves labored on. The red and black threads
are the bloodshed of black people from beatings and other mistreatment by
whites. The gold thread intertwined with other threads is the white slave
owners, the ship captains and others whose wealth was made by back
breaking slave labor.
The interlocking black and white, black and yellow, and black and green
yarns in the shape of a house represent our goal to integrate all races to
full, just, and peaceful participation in all levels of our society.
Many thanks to the Falmouth Art Center for sponsoring the Justice &
Peace Art Show to bring light and hope to us in a difficult time in our