Please join us for a conversation with Laura Petrovich-Cheney, one of the artists in the current exhibition, How's Your Weather? In this informal setting, Laura will talk about the inspiration for her wooden quilts, her life as an artist, and some of her upcoming projects.
Clapboard siding, floorboards, cabinets, and window frames, often all that is left of someone's home, is gathered from hurricane ravaged locales across the coastal areas of the US. These fragments are then assembled into familiar quilt shapes and patterns.
Laura has written, "I have learned that these storms are great equalizers. We all suffer loss regardless of our skin color, language, or economic status. Our hearts break equally and painfully. My own story unfolded when my parents lost their home after Hurricane Sandy; and subsequently, my father eventually lost his life repairing that home. Sharing this story with others, I believe, makes us vulnerable, fully human, connected and whole.
I believe that material has memory. The intimate textures of this wood, with its chipped layers of paint, nail holes and grain, tell a story and suggest another prior life in the faded colors and worn surfaces. The domestic objects that surrounded us and offered security have become carriers of our stories, our identity."
I hope you can join us for this timely discussion.