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Da Capo - Lena Meszaros - Challenge Doors, Windows...

Updated: Mar 14

For Doors, Windows...,I was inspired by the novel of Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet.

In the quilt, the city (Alexandria) is not depicted in its reality, but as a mythical place. Behind

closed doors and windows, secrets are well kept. Only one window is open: that of the central character, who builds this city in his imagination, straight out of his head (below).

It is silk painted in Byzantine, Oriental mosaics. The lower part is paper pieced, the upper part is appliqué. I searched long for a medium to evoke a city "in suspense". In the end, I opted for a green-gold organza, laid directly on the fleece to create a transparent, nebulous effect.

Finally, the title is "Da Capo", a character from the novel, but also a musical expression for "to begin again". In the first three novels, the characters recount the same events, but experience them very differently. In fact, what we experience will always be our story, our point of view, our perception of the truth.

And you can always start again, but you'll never get there "al fine".

As this quilt, created in 1998, since fallen to pieces and finally recycled.

H: 32" W: 24"

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