"Then" portrays the silent prison of pain. The inward-looking figure is surrounded by danger, not knowing what form the next wound will take.
The red slash represents the fire through which an abused person must go in order to heal. Remembering, searching struggling, looking for a way out - are all part of this painful process.
"Now" shows the healed person, self-esteem restored, dancing in color, freed from the prison. The quilting continues the theme, going from stabbing straight lines through flames to the flowing lines of freedom.
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