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2011 BioGrids

Mother-Daughter BioGrids, 2009-2011,  40" x 40", prints on Museo Rag


Mother-Daughter BIOGrids,  2011

I have slept under the grids of my ancestors all my life. The quilts my mother, grandmother, and great aunts created of fabric pieces with complex appliqué provided warmth and beauty for my sleeping and waking hours.

After my mother’s death, I found her 1931 exquisitely detailed “Life Cycle of Flowering Plants” drawings. Unrolling the 10-foot scroll of semi-transparent manila-colored paper my mother had drawn as a 13-year-old girl was like unfolding one of her quilts. These meticulously drawn and traced images provided a new connection to the complex processes and construction methods she used to make quilts.

Grids provide the underlying structure for my images.  My mother sewed her quilts with fabric scraps from various periods of her life.  The Mother-Daughter BIOGrids are built from scraps of digital images (stem cells, Darwin’s theories, plant classification, computer-generated plant algorithms, biotechnology advances, etc.) along with pieces of my mother’s childhood drawings.

Each of the works uses fragments as symbols of events in everyday life.  As I look at these grids, whose elements span over 100 years, not only do I see changes in form and style, but I also reconstruct stories, moments, and messages from the lives of my family.

These prints are inspired and dedicated to my mother Frances Ruth Cramer Giloth (1918-2001), her mother Alice May Parsons Cramer (1888-1982), her mother’s sister Frances Jane Parsons Crunden (1876-1967), my mother’s grandmother Ellen Hinks Parsons (1849-1939), and my sisters Barbara Ellen Giloth and Sandy Leigh Giloth Harris.

The Mother - Daughter BIOGrids were printed by Stan Sherer using a Hewlett Packard Z3200 with Vivera archival pigmented inks. The paper is Museo Portfolio Rag.