Grandmother’s Garden, Artist Statement

Amy Reid

Stitched together, Grandmother’s Garden is an experimental documentary that examines women who quilt as well as quilting’s history in the United States. Questioning representations of the American woman, Grandmother’s Garden looks at how quilting practices work against and fit into traditional narratives of race, gender, and class. From quilts produced by enslaved individuals to feed sack quilts in the Great Depression, to newly retired baby boomers quilting in the present, this film considers America’s history and economy as it runs adjacent to quilting.

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AMY REID is a filmmaker whose work examines the intersections between gender, national identities, and labor. By exploring observational approaches and expanding on formal cinematic notions of time, structure, and narrative, Reid’s work questions how labor is constructed in the filmic form. They have participated in selected screenings nationally and internationally including in New York, Shanghai, and California. Reid received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cooper Union before graduating with an MFA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego. Residencies include the Whitney Independent Study Program, Snug Harbor Artist Residency, and Seniors Partnering with the Arts Citywide. Reid is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in film and digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz where they have been awarded a multi-year fellowship through the Feminist Media Histories Initiative.

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