Spirit Flight | Judy B. Dales

Spirit Flight

1993
cotton and polyester;
hand and machine-pieced,
hand-appliqued and hand-quilted
185 x 135 cm (73 x 53 in.)
Lent by the White House
gift of the artist
Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor

This artist is known for her ability to create a painterly flow of color by combining a multitude of printed fabrics in soft, subtle hues. Dales made this quilt during an intense period of mourning following her mother's death. The tears cascading down the right side symbolize her feelings of grief and loss, and the ethereal figure floating above the starry heavens represents the human spirit.

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Spirit Flight (Detail)

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