Exactly twenty years ago, while studying art in grad school, I made this piece, based on some research on American schoolgirl embroidered samplers. There had recently been a spate of school shootings. At the time I was also concerned about my young son's fascination with the Power Rangers and about violence in American culture generally.
The text, taken from a historic Colonial-era sampler, reads:
Margaret Palfrey is my name
New England is my nation
Boston is my dwelling place
and Christ is my salvation
When I am dead and all my bones are rotten
If this you see
And never let me be forgotten.
It grieves me that this sampler is as timely now as it was when I made it. Let us neither forget nor become numb to the senseless violence.