MEN DO NOT REALLY LOOK LIKE TREES AT ALL

Quilt project with Anne Morrell Robinson and the Ocean Waves Quilt Society
Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia/Toronto , 2016

Description

MEN DO NOT REALLY LOOK LIKE TREES AT ALL is a quilt project designed by Toronto-based artist Diane Borsato in collaboration with renowned Nova Scotia quilter Anne Morrell Robinson and the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, produced for an exhibition curated by Karie Liao that linked international contemporary artists with local craftspeople in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

The title text comes from accounts found in Marius von Senden’s 1960 book Space and Sight (as referenced by Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) – describing the effects of sight-restoring cataract surgery on the blind. Among other astonishing insights, a formerly blind girl is eager to tell her blind friend “men do not really look like trees at all”. The quilt is a simple green and white triangle-based design with block lettering presenting the ambiguous statement comparing men to trees – suggesting all at once how like trees they are, and how unlike they are.

Cotton, 5’x6’.

Exhibition History