Temporary Safety

As I wind down my Army Wife series, I have been thinking about Security Blankets. I love the play on words, especially since I always strive to make the medium of my work an integral part of the message. I have ideas for at least four textiles that fit under the general umbrella of security. Two are recently finished. The first, I’ve been working on for nearly a year, and posted some peeks along the way, but then removed them as I considered submitting the piece to Quilt National. They have very strict rules about the quilts or any parts being published prior to their unveiling. Anyway, I changed my mind when one of the other artists at McGuffey Art Center proposed a show about Privacy in America which I thought would be a perfect venue for the first of my “blankets.”

"Temporary Safety" 2014, Kristin La Flamme

“Temporary Safety” 2014, Kristin La Flamme

“Temporary Safety” is a pixelated image of a security camera in which the pixels contain circles and rectangles (0s and 1s) which spell out in binary Benjamin Franklin’s quote, They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

 

"Temporary Safety," detail.

“Temporary Safety,” detail.

It’s true human size in that it’s over 90″ long. When a friend suggested I call it Linus, I came up with a six degrees type description: This is a Security Blanket. It has an image of a security camera and a quote by Benjamin Franklin. The Peanuts character Linus has a Security Blanket. Benjamin Linus is a character on LOST, played by actor Michael Emerson. Emerson also plays a character named Harold Finch on Person of Interest. Person of Interest is about utilizing the spying capabilities of security cameras and other methods of data collection.The show is also about protecting people — like a Security Blanket. Cool, it goes full circle! ;-)

6 Responses to Temporary Safety

  1. jeanne lese says:

    Looks like another winner to me! LOVE the quote in binary

  2. Maureen Breach says:

    You captured all the thoughts that went through my mind and so much more, when when I read the words security blanket. This piece is incredibly thought provoking and stirs ideas for a great conversation. You are an incredible artist! Thank you for making me think. Bravo

  3. ooh. I love this style, similar to the Artist as her stash. I have to admit I see a giant apostrophe rather than a camera – but that’s just me. I love your 6 Degrees of Security Blanket – I completely followed it.

  4. cauchy09 says:

    such a great idea, i love this! the green viewfinders are perfection.

  5. Lorie says:

    Jeepers, and with the blankie stitched satin binding! Your description spins my head, but I’m with ya…Of course this rocks my socks.

  6. Tami says:

    I like how your quilts have many different levels of thought to them. Definitely gallery pieces.