Slaughterhouse Five

I created two textile-only pieces for the first time as a part of the TINY VI: Celebrating the Year of Vonnegut exhibit at Gallery 924. All artwork had to be under 6"x6" in size, and had to somehow fall under the umbrella of Vonnegut. I took this as a chance to experiment with my textile process, and while I incorporated my usual landscape background, I decided to play with words this time as opposed to drawn figures. Coincidentally, not even a month had passed since re-reading Slaughterhouse Five when I received this exhibition call-for-entry, so I decided to reference this book in particular. (You can check them out in person through January at Gallery 924 in Indy.)

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“So it goes” follows every mention of death in the novel. “When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in that particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is ‘So it goes.’”

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“Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?" "Yes." Billy, in fact, had a paperweight in his office which was a blob of polished amber with three lady-bugs embedded in it. "Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”