by Galina Svistakova
found in Ryazan, in 1990



PATCHWORK QUILT

dimensions: 160x140x5 cm
weight: 4 kg
— Well, this quilt symbolizes a whole stratum of our family life because if, in earlier times, especially in Central Asia, in the East, carpets played the part of whole books, literature, where ornaments depicted family traditions and legends, stories of wars were told through ornaments, then this, in the style of our modern form of culture, taking the place of some traditions, consists of cut up pieces. This is my gran's coat, my brother's sweater, my father's jacket and bits of other material which, in fact, have stories behind them too – there is an aura about them, well for me at least. Well, my mum gave this to me as a present, I'd asked her to make it for me according to this style of plaid. It's like you look at one piece and think about one thing, look at another and think about something else. I think, as you've probably noticed, that it, as a whole, looks very organic. This is due to the fact that things possess the auras of their owners, of a person who may very well no longer be with us, that things, all the same, carry information and inform us, and harmonize with other people's things (...) It must be obvious to you, as a specialist on things, that they live their own independent lives, and that we need to organically harmonize with them and be sensitive to them, in order for them to work in our favour.

Galina Svistakova
from Ryazan
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