The Gold at Grandmother's Post

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio
1988
Washboard, bedpost, quilt, wood, paper, paint
76 x 23.5 x 9.5 inches

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When I find material that has been thrown away, having no more value to nobody, I try to understand what its first values were to the person that made it or used it To honor that, to honor the old grandmother.

When I find material that has been thrown away, having no more value to nobody, I try to understand what its first values were to the person that made it or used it To honor that, to honor the old grandmother. When I speak of grandmother I speak of everybody's grandmother—it is a state of status. The ancestors had to be strong, the woman was the post of strength, supporting. The quilt was like the complicated mind that created it. The gold is appreciation for her labor. The Gold at Grandmother's Post honors all grandmothers.