Angie Wilson
Traditional Queer Double Wedding Ring Quilt (2009)
Garment, fabric, thread
60 x 60 inches
Angie Wison
Installation view (l-r) Buitron, video program monitor, Wilson, Simms.
Angie Wilson

The double wedding ring quilt was traditionally made for newlyweds and was considered a particularly special wedding gift. The pattern was extremely popular in the United States during the Great Depression; printed patterns were widely published in newspapers like The Kansas City Star, The San Antonio Light, and The Journal in Portland, Oregon. The iconic, linked circles are easily recognizable as honoring the marriage contract. Usually the rings are foregrounded against a solid light background. My queer version inverts foreground and background, creating dozens of pussies in the interstices. I pieced the quilt from contemporary lingerie, vintage lace, knits, and bedding. The quilt raises questions about the evolution of traditional cultural practices such as marriage. What about the construct of marriage as a contract between individuals and institutions might be helpful or inspiring? What does marriage offer to queer communities? What do queers offer marriage or alternative forms of love-union? And, most importantly, what do queers offer each other by opening their hearts and lives to love, particularly in this unique period in history when we are able to share this love publicly?

Angie Wilson
Traditional Queer Double Wedding Ring Quilt (2009)
Garment, fabric, thread
60 x 60 inches