Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Gordon, Lida Gail


Quilts; Feminism in art


This thesis presents an overview of my current work in context with my entire body of painted quilts created over a span of twenty-eight years. From its foundation in Feminism, my work reflects the quilt as an art form and a metaphor for my life and the lives of women of my generation. I have used Semiotics as a tool for organizing and explaining the work. The study of signs and their referents make a chain of signification that helps explain the multilayered and conceptual nature of my work. The paper is divided into an introduction and seven chapters that represent seven concepts in a chain of signification that I use to define a quilt and its relationship to my life's work.