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39 x 44”, hand-stitched cotton and found embroidery, 2011                                                                    in the collection of 
                                                                                                                                     San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

artist statement

Definition: fate, chance, luck, external circumstances, outside influence, divine intervention, destiny


The centerpiece of my hometown of Port Providence, Pennsylvania was a rowdy bar called the Fitzwater Station.  My parents and the parents of my childhood friends could often be found there, and as kids we constantly had to navigate this place and its mostly negative impacts on my community.  I reflect on how lucky I am to have survived and escaped that neighborhood, and I ask if I’m doomed to repeat the mistakes of my kin.

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