© 2019 Marie Martelly

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Through my work I examine my identity as a military spouse by piecing together elements representing tradition, comfort, security, and protection.  I use encaustic medium to coat the patterns of traditional quilt blocks, distancing layers, at once blurring and preserving them like memories over time.

 

The traditional flying geese quilt motif first entered my practice as a response to grief experienced following a training accident.  In January 2014, a helicopter in my husband’s squadron collided with a flock of geese on the coast of England.  From this place of heartbreak, the flying geese pattern in my work has evolved to represent also the opposite - symbolizing the incredible strength and resilience of military family and community.