5055 - Hopeful Tears

5055 - Hopeful Tears
Barbara Dove
Alexandria, VA    USA

Width: 8"   Length: 11"

Materials/Techniques: Fusible Applique, Machine Quilting.

Artist's Statement: This tree connotes a tree of life or family tree, as well a tree of knowledge. As a family tree, the tree is in transition from Fall to Winter, which parallels the slow decline of an Alzheimer patient. The falling leaves represent lost memories. The leaf shape represents the tears and broken hearts of forgotten friends and family members. The roots, embroidered to simulate veins of a hand, depict the Alzheimer patient’s struggle to cling to reality or grab hold of solid ground. As a tree of knowledge, the tree resembles a neuron, with the branches representing dendrites of the nerve cell (dendrite from the Greek word for “tree”). Similar to the family tree of life, the dendrites reach out to other nerve cells to form connections and forge memories. The quilt’s tree branches reach out to a brighter future, symbolized by the color yellow, with research on the horizon and ultimately hope for a cure. For now though, families must endure “hopeful tears”.
Barbara Dove

Dedication: To future research and my daughter Katherine, a neuroscience major at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

This quilt is displayed with Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt earned $55 for the AAQI.