Betty Jane Lau
Hansel and Gretel in American Woods
49 x 49 in.
I weave fabric scraps from diﬀerent cultures and countries. Sometimes they contrast, sometimes they blend. With three layers or more, they are technically woven quilts. Both sides present to the viewer, one being the back of the other. They share a story but have diﬀerent perspectives. I see reality, i.e. Truth, as a composite of diﬀerent views, sometimes opposite views. We collect experiences, we absorb lessons from our environment; as our environment changes so do our reality.
‘Hansel and Gretel’ portrays a traditional female and male gender stereotype; quietly looking for animals by a curious explorer or searching by a bold hunter. One walk in the woods, two realities.
© Betty Jane Lau