Copyright ©2001 Linda Gass
Title: Water Rights
Dimensions: 12 x 12.5 inches
Artist Statement: The American West is primarily a desert and the people who live there rely on a scarce resource, water, in order to survive. Because mining was one of the first American activities in the west, water rights evolved differently from those of the east. They are based on the doctrine of prior appropriation; water rights are acquired when a person first uses water for a socially recognized purpose and the rights are for a specified amount of water rather than a percentage of available water. During times of drought, the person with the earliest appropriation date uses their full amount, then the next oldest claim is satisfied and so on until the water source is dried up. One can see that as the population of the west increases that this method is not sustainable in the long term as newcomers can be entirely deprived of water in times of drought. This quilt is about a river in northern California, governed by these water rights. It depicts the watershed for the river - the free water - and the human interventions to divert the water to cities - the captive water.
Materials and Techniques: Cotton background and backing. Hand painted silk charmeuse rivers fused to cotton. Original photographs and text applied with iron-on transfer. Cotton batting, nylon monofilament and cotton thread. Silk dupioni binding. Machine quilted.
Detail: Click here for a detail of the quilt.
Exhibition History: December 1, 2006 - February 2, 2007 Herndon Gallery, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Status: Available for sale.
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