Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2024 Artist

Susan Else



Collaged and Quilted Cloth over Armature

30” x 32″ x 11″


Historically, ships have embodied both our bravest and our most predatory impulses. This bone boat is the last in a series of human artifacts made of cloth-covered plastic bones. In addition to evoking mortality, bones can stand in for history, archeology, and our collective past. Bones can also be gestural, animating and personalizing an otherwise inanimate object. I hope this bone boat conveys all these things, reminding viewers of the dynamic complexities of our human story.