Territorial Road: Crosses and Losses

Territorial Road: Crosses and Losses

Artist: Helen Geglio

Title: Territorial Road: Crosses and Losses

Attribution: Territorial Road: Crosses and Losses, (2018), Helen Geglio

Year: 2018

Materials: Linen, cotton, hand embroidered and stitched

Dimensions: 48 x 42"

Image Statement: The Territorial Road is a series of work inspired by a diary entry, written by Susan Brackney Clayton in 1890. From a sod house on a homestead near Elton, Nebraska, her words tell of beauty in the expanse of land and sky, the constantly howling wind, loneliness and a deep longing for a life left behind in Indiana. This piece is called Crosses and Losses, after a patchwork pattern dating back to the time of westward expansion, speaking to hardship and the isolation of a woman uprooted.