BODY BAG (detail) by Jill Bergantz Carley is an artwork from a series; originally its creation coincided with the deployment of troop surges in the Middle East from 2006-2008. Jill has begun revisiting this work in light of current events in our own country; who is disposable? What does respect look like before & after death? How do we assess the value of a person? It is comprised of the following materials: Knitted & hand-sewn work; regulation-sized body bag knit from fiber created from reclaimed trash bags; plastic, cotton thread, acrylic zipper.
Jill Bergantz Carley
Jill Bergantz Carley makes her home in Northern California on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she lives a half mile from the stoplight in a sweet town five blocks long. A Pushcart nominated poet, her work is forthcoming from OPOSSUM, ENTROPY, Silver Needle Press, Collective Unrest, and elsewhere. She's shown her textile work recently in the DeYoung Museum, bG Gallery, DTLA, CTRL Collective, and elsewhere. She tweets @jbergantzcarley & lives online at jillbergantzcarley.com.
What We Carry
The violence of colonization has left a devastating wake of loss. In her poem "Blood Anxiety," Danielle Hale explores the anxiety caused by the loss of language and the importance of passing on cultural traditions. Read Danielle's poem "Blood Anxiety" and her commentary here.
--Christine Taylor, EIC