| The Survivor Quilt Project:
INCEST SURVIVORS' INTERFAITH QUILT
ARTISTS: Michelle Harris, Collaborators wish to remain anonymous
Our quilt is round, organic, whole, and we plan to display it
so that viewers can enter into its circle as we had while
working on the quilt. We depict a series of women, each honored
as aspects of ourselves both as incest survivors and as members
of the broader community of women. Gradually, through many hours
of discussion and reflection, seven characteristics emerged
which we chose to embody in the quilt:
The center of the quilt is made of concentric rings of color and quilting lines symbolizing the wholeness of each of us individually and as part of a unified world.
We are a variety of women representing many faiths and experiences. One aspect of ourselves drew us together, the management of the insidious impact of incest. In our conversations we found that our faiths overlapped as a hope about beauty in life and nature and our sense of spirit in the world transcending suffering.
Other aspects of our selves are captured in the written statements around the outer edge of the quilt. Floating in the safety of calm blue water and forming a permeable boundary for our imagined world, these statements reflect that fact. The quilt has been embellished with mementos and symbolism important to the creators of the quilt. We invite you, as you gather round this circle quilt, to witness to the experience of survivors......
I am the Woman Who Chose to Survive, I am Safe, I am Shame Woman, I am Grieving Woman, I am OK With Imperfect Woman, I am Celebration Woman, I am the Woman Who Can Leave The House, I am a Mother, I am Invisible Woman, I am the Woman Who Remembers, I am Fragmented Woman, I am a Mother Who Protects, I am a Spiritual Woman, I am Nurturing Woman, I am a Grandmother, I am Whole-Unified Woman, I am Righteous Anger Woman, I am a Sister, I am Frigid Woman, I am Woman of Sexuality, I am The Woman Who Is A Whore, I am the Woman Who Chose To Survive.