I-382 – The Left Behind

I-382 – The Left Behind

Claudia Comay
San Ramon, CA    USA

Width: 38"   Length: 60"

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

Artist Statement: I began this quilt shortly after the death of my cousin, a young woman in her thirties. I was angry about her sad and lonely passing, and I was of mixed feelings about how her father (my mother's brother) would react to her death. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's for more than a year by then. I remember several conversations with my aunt (his main caregiver) in which we wondered if the disease was a blessing in disguise at this difficult time.

This was a very hard time for me. As I cuddled my infant girl, I remember thinking about the injustice of seeing your child die while at the same time having your husband pass thru your life like sand thru your fingers, unable to grasp and share the grief.

It was with this hopeless despair and anger that I began my quilt. Subsequently my mother's sister was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I felt fragile and fearful, and I put the quilt away. When I could finally deal with my emotions, I imbued the quilt with all the anger within me at the injustice of it all. Now there are only tears left.

About The Artist: Claudia joyfully focuses on shape by using fabric in a minimalistic way. She exhibits throughout the United States and internationally. She received an artist in-residence fellowship to Yosemite National Park and was featured in the PBS video Woman’s Work: Making Quilts – Creating Art.

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.

This quilt earned $210 for the AAQI.