About those trampy quilts...

Witnessing the contention and pejorative vocabulary of the 2012 presidential election take on the shape of a '50s diorama, I wondered how this atmosphere informed the future for my college-aged daughter and all the young women I have watched grow up.

I began gathering stories of public and private excess and how these situations were viewed within the context of their day to lend perspective and structure to the Hester Prynne drumbeat going on around me.

The Scarlet Thread is a deconstructed alphabet quilt series of 52 of history's libertines, whose behavior fell outside the lines, and publicly did or did not get what was coming to them. From Mary Magdalene to President Clinton, each story highlights a different element in the familiar tales of sexual misadventure and public aspersion to explore the symbiotic relationship between public and private behavior, titillation and scorn, the judges and the judged.

THE SCARLET THREAD Photos: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]

This project was made possible by the Artist Advancement Grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation