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New England Quilt Museum / Lowell / Art

The artist and sculptor Laura Petrovich-Cheney says she wants her quilts to offer “comfort.” This is not an easy feat considering her quilts are made of wood. Following traditional quilting practices, Petrovich-Cheney repurposes discarded materials. She opts for wood from houses wrecked by natural disasters. That means siding, doors, tables, and cabinets salvaged after storms and forest fires. Petrovich-Cheney does not paint the scraps—she loves the homey old shades that the owner’s chose—but she does use a bandsaw to cut them into useable shapes. She then assembles the pieces into geometric designs. One of the 20 quilts on view in this exhibition is Onezie, a 2015 piece she made with wood from her family’s home, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “I am trying to evoke a life that existed before the storm,” she said of the quilt. “The repetitive process of cutting and organizing the wood into mathematical grid patterns helps me restore some order.” —J.D.

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New England Quilt Museum 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, MA, United States
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