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María Castagliola
A Matter of Trust
1994
paper on fiberglass with cotton thread
72 x 72 x 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist



Paper envelopes stitched between layers of fiberglass window screen form the blocks of this unusual quilt. Each envelope contains a personal secret written by a friend or member of the artist's family and entrusted to her care. Castagliola, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1961, considered collecting the secrets a test of her own integrity: "The piece is not so much about secrets as about intimacy and trust," she has said.



Este original cubrecama está confeccionado con sobres de papel cosidos entre paneles de malla de fibra de vidrio para ventanas. Cada sobre contiene un secreto personal escrito por un amigo o pariente de la artista y confiado a su custodia. Castagliola, que inmigró a Estados Unidos de Cuba en 1961, consideraba que coleccionar esos secretos constituía una prueba de su propia integridad. Según decía: "Esta obra no es tanto sobre secretos como sobre intimidad y confianza".