According to Gaither, “I juxtapose issues of slavery and racism against the warmth and comfort that quilts provide. I highlight the consequences of laws, codes, beliefs, and values for those who continue to be marginalized. These quilts are layered, embedded and embellished with images, text, objects, and symbolic cloth to make emotional connections with issues of identity and freedom of body, mind, and spirit. The Baltimore Album style quilt focuses on particular people, places, objects, and events that challenge the complexities of the institution of slavery.
More information to come on this quilt in the next few days. To learn more about the exhibition At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, visit http://digital.mica.edu/exhibition/.