WHAT REMAINS gallery shots at University of Dallas / Irving by Kevin Todora.

 

Cloth stains, tears, fades, and wears out,

absorbing and recording our use over time.

Layered into the folds are our own life experiences.

Discarded and auctioned off,

my work begins when the function for these textiles ends.

 

I find the holes, the mends, and draw attention to them,

peeling all layers back so others can see,

how beauty develops in loss and destruction.

-Rachel Meginnes

 

The abandoned quilt reveals a rich history in its worn and tattered state. With faded colors alluding to the passage of time and a life long-lived, torn edges suggest a utility and a past ability to keep us warm. All lines of stitching that still remain, hold fast together the dissolving pieces of patchwork and interior, cotton battings. Stripped of both family and function, the forgotten quilt now speaks to past cares and proficiencies.

This notion of the quilt, as a signifier of past experience, has become my metaphor for loss and persistence. Through the stitch-by-stitch deconstruction of each piece, I remove a quilt’s central layer to expose the wear and tear found within. Sometimes gaping, sometimes minor, the holes in the batting depict an inner damage and a profound and honest beauty.

Using thread and paint, I turn these thin, leftover webs of fiber into dimensional paintings for the wall. Color and pattern mark each surface, highlighting old channels of stitching and any previous indications of making. My objective is not one of preservation or conservation, but rather an honorific act aiming to understand and appreciate our human ability to persevere.