Clare Smith - 'Layers of Lives' Quilts

 

These quilts are part of a series in which I am looking at human genetics and family history. The quilts are based on 'utility quilts' or 'Waggas' as they are known in Australia. These were made with discarded clothing often sewn onto old curtains and padded with wool or even old sacks. They were used to provide extra covers, but could also be very beautiful. Please click an image if you would like to see more detail.

 

Cloaks for the Genetic Underclasses
2000

These cloaks were made in response to a newspaper article which spoke about discrimination against people with faulty DNA. Already insurance companies and employers can refuse to insure or employ someone just because they have a gene which may or may not affect them at some later stage in their lives.

The lettering on the quilts refers to the building blocks of DNA. a, c, t, g refer to adenosine, cytosine, thymine and guanine.

Cloaks for the Genetic Underclasses - Beta

Size 145 x 130 cm

$2000

Cloaks for the Genetic Underclasses - Gamma

Size 145 x 130 cm

$2000

Cloaks for the Genetic Underclasses - Delta

Size 145 x 130 cm

$2000

Layers of Lives - Inheritance

This series looks at family, environment and personal choice. It's that old "Nature versus Nurture' debate I suppose.

Size 171 x 226 cm

$2000

Layers of Lives: Genetics

Size 140 x 134 cm

$2000

Layers of Lives: Environment

$2000

Layers of Lives: 'X' Marks the Spot
2002

$2000

Layers of Lives: Cloaks for the Daughters of Eve.

Wanyuki - One of a series of seven quilts.

$2000

Layers of Lives: Downsizing

Made of felt, dressmaking patterns and PVA glue.

$1000

Some of my quilts are for sale. Please email me (smith_c@actrix.gen.nz) for further details.

Photography by Helen Mitchell, Wellington.

 

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