Portfolio - Tall Girl: A Body of Work

In 1965 when I was 17 years old and 78.5 inches long, I was surgically shortened 6 inches with the intention of giving me a “normal” life. Additionally I was forbidden by my parents from discussing it. By middle age I found my voice through a four-year art project which became known as the Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work.

My intention for the series was not one of laying blame but of understanding, grieving and acceptance of the debilitation brought on by these surgeries. This series highlights the 50+ years since the three surgeries that broke my body, nearly crushed my spirit and forever changed my life. This is a story of courage, healing and acceptance. Completion of the Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work resulted in a self-published book, a PowerPoint presentation and a traveling exhibit of 15-23 textile art pieces.

A few copies of the book Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work remain and are available through Paypal.


Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work Exhibits

•    National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY October 20, 2017-January 16, 2018
of note: interview with regional PBS station and the museum's video about the exhibit 

•    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA July 25-September 14, 2014 

•    Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA October 17-20, 2013

•    Park National Bank Gallery, University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Batavia, OH  June 13-July 8, 2011

•    Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, CO  April 28- May 1, 2011

•    Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, OR, February 2010


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 These images provide a preview with narrative of the Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work.