I-372 - Gaps

I-372 - Gaps

Cindy Cooksey
Irvine, CA    USA

Width: 30.75"   Length: 30.75"

Techniques: Machine appliqué, machine quilting. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: This is "Gaps." It refers to the gaps in memory that people with Alzheimer’s disease experience. The gaps grow and spread until memories become unrecognizable, impossible to retrieve.

My grandmother had Alzheimer's. I remember her flower garden, so I used leftover hexagon patches from a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt for this project.

I made this quilt because both of my grandmothers had Alzheimer's, as did my father, as does my mother, as does her sister. Finding a cure is obviously a very important priority for me and my siblings, and that’s why I am supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative in this way.

About The Artist: Cindy is a native Southern California fiber artist whose works have been shown, among other places, at Quilt Visions 2002; Quilt Expos in Lyon, Innsbruck, Barcelona; International Quilt Festival in Houston; and La Jolla Fiber Arts Gallery. Her quilts typically employ applique, vivid colors, and a sense of humor.

History: This quilt was part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," a 54-quilt traveling exhibit about Alzheimer's, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The exhibit traveled from August 2006 until October 2010 when the exhibit retired.

"Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" was shown at 49 venues in 31 states. More than 300,000 people had an opportunity to see this exhibit and learn about Alzheimer's. You can read comments about this extraordinary exhibit here. Many of the quilts are mentioned by name.

The quilts which traveled as part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" were loaned to the AAQI to be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the exhibit. Twenty quilts, including this one, were donated to the AAQI by their makers. We are grateful for the opportunity to offer these quilts at auction and thank their makers sincerely for their donations.

The AAQI reserves the right to use images of this quilt to further its mission in any and all media in perpetuity.

This quilt earned $320 for the AAQI.