Betty Jane Lau

Spring-20 (Confined Chaos) (2020.6)
contemporary cloths, cottons and synthetics
73 x 62 in.

‘Confusion reigns in the spring of 2020.

Can watching videos of protest rallies and violent riots get interpreted as flowers on a woven quilt?

Instead of peaceful flower beds framed by a white picket fence these flowers seem to clump randomly against lines of their own making and against the black unforgiving bars. Several different swatches of floral patterns intermix within a field of what used to be a subdued paisley pattern striped apart then rewoven.

On the alternate side, subdued deadly flowers quietly lay in wait. They seem to clump against the narrow borders. Does Covid-19 viruses float in the air like these flowers? Keep your particulates to yourself and I will keep my breath to myself and we may survive.

Hatchtags, Social media, Zoom meetings, Drone cameras, Cell phone videos. Information/disinformation. So much social history to learn, so much to unlearn. So much change. Confusion reigns.’

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© Betty Jane Lau