Ancestors Traversing Quilts

My first solo museum project, Ancestors Traversing Quilt, debuted at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NYC) from July 27–September 17th, 2017. Comprised of 8 ceramic figures and 8 yarn-tied quilts, the installation follows two women helping each other climb a mountainous quilted terrain. Photos by Etienne Frossard–please click on photos to see larger, sharper images.

Exhibition label:

“My work draws inspiration from a variety of sources: my Mormon pioneer ancestry, childhood play with ceramic figurines, my grandmother’s quilts, historical dioramas, and pop culture’s invented mythologies of the American West.

This installation grew out of pouring over my great-great-grandfather’s diary chronicling his immigrant journey from England to Utah Territory in 1853­­­—while confronting the absence of information about my great-great-grandmother who made the same journey, as a single woman without family, in 1855.

I would like to acknowledge that these quilts were made possible by the communal efforts of many. In gratitude.”

-Rachel Farmer

Ancestors Traversing Quilts | 2017 | Recent Work