"Delenda est Carthago" Cato the Censor, used these words to conclude every speech he made in the Senate. It means Carthage Must Be Destroyed.
I'm unbelievably hacked off. I've had yet another request from a quilting magazine asking me if they can do a piece about my work, but yet again they want the story and the techniques but don't want to publish any pictures.
You cannot print an article about what I do without including pictures. No, you REALLY can't. I have already turned down 3 other magazines for this very reason.
AND why do they not want to print the pictures? Because of some of you dear readers. "The Public" don't like naked people. It's not done. It's not Christian. It's not nice. It's not ethical. It's not tasteful. It's not homely. It's not something we want to see. It's not The American Way. Apparently.
So have my lovely ladies been confused with porn? Are they in some way unknown to me deeply erotic? I doubt it. Are they shocking? Well perhaps they are and perhaps in the circumstances that's a good thing. We came into this world naked, and when we take a bath or change our clothes we are still naked. Some of us even take our clothes off to procreate. Since when did that become something to be ashamed of?
The wider art world accepts and welcomes life drawing and painting as a difficult, challenging, rewarding and valid genre of art. As I've said before, the walls of the Vatican, most of the Churches in Rome and indeed Europe, as well as every decent art gallery, has nudes portrayed in one form or another. At a recent exhibition I went to about flying and early planes, nearly half the images on show contained nudes. A FLYING exhibition.
So why, in heavens upon earth, can't you portray real life people with no clothes on, on a quilt?
To be fair, you can in some places. England for example is very happily sensible and takes a wider viewpoint at least in it's Galleries and public spaces, and I know this is true of other European countries, but I wonder if any of the quilting magazines would print images of my quilts?? Is this a quilters censorship only?
"If you want to change a whole people, then you start with the girls. It stands to reason: they learn faster, and they pass on what they learn to their children"
I'm baffled. Some people obviously could do with a few more diagrams of human bodies to help them sort their arse out from their elbow.
My quilts are about emotional response. Lots of beautiful, beautiful quilts are art and depict many easier subjects, perhaps playing with colour combinations, dealing with techniques that show a new way forward, of abstracting and altering images, and shapes to define and highlight certain attributes. They win prizes and adoration. My art however, is about what I feel, what I want to say literally as well as pictorally.
I've had thousands of hits on the posting I did about the words on Life 4, and they can't all have been from idignant people. The comments would suggest that the quilt was thought refreshing and to the point.
If you don't want to print my quilts, then please leave me alone. You deny me a voice and the opportunity of reaching a wider audience. You suck.