History Part 1In 2007, Penny Dell from the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) asked Faith Ringgold to exhibit at NAWA’s NYC gallery. Faith invited me (Grace Matthews) to join her in this exhibition and we worked together to come up with an idea for what this new work would be. We talked it over for several weeks and came up with a concept that included children, ancestors and peace. Faith wrote the story, “The Children Forgot to Play” for this project and that story is central to each quilt. I drew up the design. Faith invited her friend Linda Freeman to join us in the project.
An international Save The Children Meeting was held today in New York City. A woman from the Congo Region in Africa and a man from Scandinavia shared the stage to explain that their children had adopted a sedentary lifestyle and had forgotten how to play and that something must be done or life as we know it will cease. The crowd roared with unbridled enthusiasm. Toy stores, playgrounds, amusement parks and schools all over the world have shut down. Children have taken to their beds, like old people, complaining of headaches, backaches, muscle pains, dizziness and refused to move without a wheelchair. A man just back from the war in the Middle East said “They need the help of our ancestors, they would have the children and all of us laughing in no time. They had love and hope. All we have is hatred violence and war.”
Note: All three quilts share this story by Faith Ringgold.
Barbara Wallace and Grace Matthews read Faith Ringgold's Ancestor's Story from Grace's quilt. Ancestor's Project
Grace talks about the happy memories of her Grandpa and Grandma Walls. Video