Jerry McClelland

“The content I engage with revolves around women’s identities, women’s work, beauty and mortality. I select women’s abandoned, antique needleworks as the substrate or the content of a book, partly because of my exposure to needlework in my childhood and partly because they are visually rich and rich in meaning. I plumb these needleworks for metaphors, contradictions, erroneous assumptions, and alternative explanations as I develop a theme for a book.Presently I am working with a dozen other artists and poets on the Quilt, Not Quilt project. We are deconstructing 10 tattered quilts. We are making new art from some of the cloth and making paper for new art from the rest of the cloth.”