Damnation and Deliverance
by Rhoda Taylor
Damnation & Deliverance
This quilt was made for the "Saligia" (Seven Deadly Sins) show of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.
It was such fun to make. Each sin is in a square - the name of the sin (greed, sloth, lust, etc.) is represented by the appropriate Chinese character, and underneath that is the English name of the sin. In a strip placed across the lower corner of each square is the punishment in hell for the sin (boiled in oil, dismembered alive, etc.).
The characters and words were ink-jet printed on red fabric and a commercial print with Chinese character-like symbols was used as background. I've always wanted to use Chinese characters in a quilt since I taught in China for part of a year. In China red is the color of celebration and good luck and for this piece represents celebrating repentance, penance and absolution from the sins.
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