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Sometimes Life (and Art) Gets Messy

Quilter's Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Quilter’s Burn Out Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

We all want life tied up in a pretty package with a nice bow on it don’t we?  But sometimes life gets messy.  Because art is a reflection of life art sometimes gets messy as well and that makes people uncomfortable.  We would rather look at nice controlled “pretty pictures” than stand face to face with the messiness of life.

In that messiness there is often a lesson, or even a laugh.  Todays art quilt was my answer to feeling used and abused by the art quilt show system.  I was so frustrated I actually burned a quilt.  Well I didn’t actually just set fire to it, the burning was part of the design and was done in the kitchen sink with plenty of water ready.  Burning the quilt didn’t change anything about how shows treat artists, but it did make me feel better.