Thursday, November 22, 2012

Look Behind the Mask

This challenge is one I've been thorough before.
During a big life crisis several years ago, I felt increasingly trapped and frantic, and worked out some emotions in a series of mask pieces.
The piece I'm posting here, Look Behind the Mask, is about needing to put on a calm face even though there is turmoil inside.
I was first learning about printing on fabric, those are my eyes looking out and my hands too. I cut the mask in half and sewed it back together with big stitches to emphasize the decisions I was being forced to make.
It's been show once, but is really too personal (read *embarrassing*) to put out there any further.

Happily, the problems worked themselves out in a constructive way- at this time, I really threw myself into quilting full time and have had a wonderful career as a result.


  1. Thanks for sharing such a personal atatement with us Betty. And yes, your success has come from hard work, dedication and enormous talent.

  2. I admire the way you reacted to stress in a constructive way - by throwing yourself into art. Now you have a beautiful, strong collection of artwork that other people can enjoy. (like me - I love your work!)