The Phallus Debacle

Today’s title from the girlchild, who was objecting to my using the word penis over and over again. So this is what she’s calling the penis kerfuffle. And there, I used it twice. Sorry kid.

Just a quick summary, for those who don’t want to go back four or five posts…this quilt, I Was Not Wearing a Life Jacket, was pulled from AQS QuiltWeek in Grand Rapids, MI, due to a viewer complaint about a penis that isn’t actually in the quilt.

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It’s supposed to be shipped back to me, and there’s a possibility of it being shown at a quilt store, SPOOL, in Chattanooga, TN, during AQS QuiltWeek if I can coordinate shipping.

My second quilt in People and Portraits, a SAQA exhibition traveling with AQS QuiltWeek, is Fully Medicated. SAQA asked AQS for a guarantee that they wouldn’t pull it if someone complained about it, and AQS is still thinking about that. I’m hoping a bunch of emails and comments from the rest of the world help remind them that they are in the public eye and persuade them to keep it hung.

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Still no penis. But plenty of other stuff, sure. Maybe pill bottles set you off. Hard to say. I personally have issues with red and yellow used together.

I completely appreciate all those who are being supportive of keeping art out there in the public eye, even if it offends a few…or many. I heard that SAQA was showing my quilt on an iPad and telling viewers it was banned. That makes me laugh heartily, and I appreciate that too. It’s been a roller coaster of a week, what with both kids leaving for college (one is here until tomorrow…the other sent 17 homesick texts this morning at 4 AM), starting school myself, trying to deal with all the stress of change at school, and temperatures of over 100 degrees. I have a migraine this morning (not a good thing) and I’m moody as hell. Blame the censorship, blame the kids leaving, blame my stupid hormones.

I am still making. I am just looking at what I’m doing, though, and thinking “What if this never gets shown anywhere?” Because that’s what goes through your mind when you butt heads with the world like this. I’m going to keep making the art, because I don’t know how to stop…but what if I never get into another show because of it? And I know that’s not going to be the case, but that little voice in your head is worried.

So thanks to all of you…

Sigh. So last night, I did manage to sort the Wonder Under for the next quilt…I start with a box for each 100 pieces…

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And then I stood there with the fan on me directly (because it was still 90 in the house)…and I sorted.

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For about an hour? Not so bad. The last one took more like 2 1/2. There’s a lot of big pieces in this quilt. I really did try to simplify. I just suck at it.

Tonight, I’m hoping to come in here and clean up from the last quilt and all the shit I’ve been doing in between (fixing pants…organizing crap) and start picking fabrics for this one. I figure it’ll take about 15 hours to pick…so hopefully by the weekend some time? Maybe? Then trimming those…by the end of next week? Maybe start ironing next weekend? I’m really trying to get this one done on time…so it’ll be a stretch.

I have to be at school today to prep, even though I’m mostly done. I’d rather be here working. But then, that’s a daily thing.

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6 Responses to The Phallus Debacle

  1. Leslie Wittenberg says:

    Spool posted a note on your quilt and I thought it was fabulous. I love imagery in quilts, or those that tell stories. That is what attracted me to quilting in the first place and I love fabrics that make those stories happen.

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  2. Kathykm says:

    I have faith that this episode will someday be memorialized in a fabulous quilt. Small consolation, but… Consolation.

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  3. mbquilts says:

    Sent off a response to AQS and posted it to my blog, which gets crossposted other places. Hope more will add their voices!

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14670

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  4. Whiskers says:

    The first quilt lesson I learned was: It is YOUR quilt. You can make it any way you want. And you did, and it was accepted into the show.

    Because some one objects, it should not have been removed from the show. THEY should have told the “offended” party they would refund the price of their ticket, or make other “reasonable” offers–I just about said, “amends” but that is not appropriate. To cave to one dissenting voice shows a lack of spine on the part of the AQS.

    As for your menopausal symptoms, B R E A T H E. (and I am not trying to be flip here) Obviously the offended party forgot — to breathe.

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  5. rachaeldorr says:

    I feel so sad about this. I’m so sorry.

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  6. Encyclopedia says:

    Please do not allow censorship. You are an artist and you have a right to be seen. You have just moved me to really consider creating some of the themes that I have sketched but feared bringing forth.

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