Ruth Marchese

Death & Destruction Amid A River Of Blood
fabrics, thread
52 x 27 in.

My quilts have always told stories, mostly personal and about my immediate environment – Brooklyn backyards being a major subject, because that’s where I live. At some point I needed to address the issues of the “larger” world. I chose these pieces because although they may have been made a while ago, the subjects are still as relevant as they were at the time. Iran is still being threatened on a daily basis for not complying with the demands made by the “international community”. The plant in Fukushima continues to leak contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. And we are still destroying countries without regard of the consequences for the population targeted, creating chaos and an endless stream of refugees who we then blame for wanting to seek a safer place to live.

© Ruth Marchese