Linda Colsh, Everberg, Belgium

Hide & Seek


Children should play games. They should laugh and the hiding and seeking should be fun. But it isn't always this way. Sometimes, horrible things are hidden and some children spend childhood seeking ways to recover and heal.

My quilt uses game images to draw attention to the problem of child abuse. I have used several symbols from my own "language" of symbols to express aspects of the recovery process: ladders, brooms, and square-within-a-square which is the Japanese representation of stacked boxes.

I chose the latter icon to represent secrets--things hidden away in boxes inside other boxes inside still another box. In working with contrast and pattern-ground relationships, I've furthered the idea of hiding and finding.

 21.5 X 31.5 inches

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