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This piece measures about 22 inches by 34 inches. Aptly titled Cathedral Window, it’s a statement on obesity in America and sugar to pacify children and ourselves. View Cathedral Window and see how insidious refined sugar and particularly candy is, in our society.
The wrappers, typically thrown away, represent the appeal to children, through marketing, family habits, peers and public school events. All holidays, even ones created by greeting card companies, are “missing something” without colorful candy, including the packaging!
Unlike a real cathedral window, no light shines through, though it seems as if it can. The bright and bold colors symbolize the love affair we have with refined sugar. The white paper exemplifies pure blindness – our choice to consume will surely negatively affect us and our children eventually. The color variety demonstrates the unlimited choices we can make.
There is more, of course, and I’ll leave it to you, to see.
Constructed in blocks about 11-12″ square, the “windows” are not glued on, but are an part of each block. To create dimension I folded all paper into place and each block connected on the reverse.
Cathedral Windows is a quilt style pattern, so by studying this and a quilt or coverlet of the same name, you might see more clearly how I created this piece in paper.
Each candy wrapper folded in half lengthwise, halves fused together and cut into a 1.25″ square.
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