Repetition may yield pleasure, but can also be a defense mechanism, an attempt to circumvent the return of repressed desires and unfulfilled wishes, which may percolate to the brink of consciousness in dreams, jokes and parapraxis. 
Freud

During a residency in 2014 in Wyoming, I started looking at the low end decorative materials found in thrift shops. These left-over materials told stories about the isolated community of Sheridan, Wyoming. 

Full Pattern is a series of collages made out of sticky foam, picnic table cloths, duct tape, ribbons, acrylic, markers and paper on frosted acetate, using traditional quilt block patterns. The repetition of quilt-making using the deconstructed decorative items create collages that meditate on how isolated communities create idosymcratic defense mechanisms.

Full Pattern
Julia Freeman Full Pattern

Each piece is W35" x H23. The titles contain the quilt pattern name and were a collaboration with Steven Miller.

Julia Freeman Full Pattern

with a dose of Kaleidoscope hope, one can unfold from the rarified center

Julia Freeman Full Pattern

Julia Freeman Full Pattern
like a sailing Dutchman’s Puzzle across wheat vanes is a person who doesn’t look behind

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


Julia Freeman Full Pattern
a Rambler moves about, yet has many homes, a settler works all day, yet has only residence

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


Julia Freeman Full Pattern
handfasting Ribbon of illusion is the beginning of myth, but the religious need their crutches

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


Julia Freeman Full Pattern
like a Spiderweb in the hands of a child, is a proverb in the mouth of a fool

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


Julia Freeman Full Pattern
disrobe from reds, Skyrocket slip, be strong in the broken places or be killed in no special hurry

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


Julia Freeman Full Pattern
can a person create a Whirlwind without being swept up with the debris?

Julia Freeman Full Pattern


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