39″H x 24″ W
Hemp fabric and mulberry paper; hand dyed, printed, collaged and stitched.
Throughout my career as a social worker, I was constantly reminded of the link between illiteracy and failure on many levels. The left panel includes an image from “Where the Wild Things Are”, iconic of children enjoying reading, and samples from each of my three grandchildren. My 7-year-old grandson knew the word reading and misspelled it, though he asked me how to spell “George”. The 11 and 15 year old selected their favorite reading. The center panel shows examples of literacy for people at large: 5,000-year-old symbols carved in rock in New Grange, Ireland, that we believe communicated seasonal information for centuries, Shakespeare’s Polonius Soliloquy, the Supreme Court Decision Brown Vs. Board of Education and a poem by my friend Marta Miranda-Stroud, written in both English and her native tongue, Spanish. The right panel depicts the miracle of 26 simple symbols that make communication possible, IF YOU CAN READ.