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Forced to Flee

February 26 - June 19

Forced to Flee

The artists featured in this exhibition consider the plight of the displaced from many points of view and use a range of methods – including raw edge appliqué, burning, mark making, and photo and screen-printing – to tell powerful stories. Others stitch and appliqué words and messages directly onto the quilts. These bold techniques also remind the viewer that quilts are much more than a domestic or practical craft. Here, they carry heavy imagery, messages and, in certain instances, incorporate dense materials to convey the magnitude of our global refugee crisis. “These are not pretty pieces,” Marks says. “The contrast between the sense of physical comfort normally associated with textiles is at odds with the harsh imagery, creating visual tension.”



Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States
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