1.21.2011

Foreclosure : Las Vegas Boro, 2011.

I've just finished a new piece in my Foreclosure series, the first Boro inspired work. I've zoomed in on a six block area of a North Las Vegas neighborhood that will be included in my larger quilt piece.

Las Vegas Boro, 2011. Denim and wool on bleached linen.
Doing this gives me the chance to study in detail the backgrounds of these foreclosed properties.

Las Vegas Boro (detail), 2011.
The houses in this area were all built between 2003-4 and most have an average of three to five loans on the property in the six year span of ownership. If you think back to our parent's generation, this would have been unheard of. In addition to trading up, it seems there was a lot of refinancing going on to gain more equity out of the home. As we know, it ended badly.

Las Vegas Boro (detail), 2011.
The back panels represent different blocks with the small rectangles representing foreclosed lots. The darker and more distressed the rectangle, the more times the home has been given notice of default and the higher number of loans on the property.

Las Vegas Boro (detail), 2011.
As you can see there are quite a few per block. Many more to come ...

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

So interesting! Great work.

Chantal said...

Visually this piece is interesting even without knowing it's background. However your attention to the details and the story behind it all makes it so very special. I like that you've even been able to communicate the number of times each place has defaulted on mortgage payments through the depth of colour and the state of the fabric. Really great work Kathryn!

Victoria said...

Gorgeous,
heartbreaking,
poignant,
relevant,
strong,
intelligent.

Wow!

Sonya Philip said...

Really wonderful (if that can be used to describe) use of quilting and mapping/marking.

kathrynclark said...

Thank you, everyone! I'm really excited about this series and enjoying every minute of making these days.

Lari Washburn said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I will get on the blog "blast" soon...no time lately. Thanks for including me:-)

Katrina said...

this quilt is gorgeous. i love the fabrics you are using and love the deeper conceptual story too. such a beautiful project.

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