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Artwork in the Vessels, Shrines, and Reliquaries gallery:

After the Fire

All Saints

All That Glitters

Americans United

Ancient Images

Ancient Pathways

Autumn Dreams

Autumn Woods

Beach Girl

Blue Flower Pot

Bright Lady

Bubbles

Celtic Cross

Choose Wisely

Compassionate Living

Dream of Happiness | Pachamama

Earth Day Box

Embrace Mystery

Fall Color

Fall Flower Cone

Falling - Flying

Fantasy Fishbowl

Fireball

Fireworks

A Fish out of Water

Flowers for the Women Who Wait

Forest Fire

Forest Floor

Forest Guardian

Forest Shrine

Freedom Flight

Garden Muse in Fall

Garden Pond

A Gift from the Sea

Give Peace a Chance (bowl)

Glorious Guadalupe

Golden Roses

Golden Twilight

Grow Your Self

Guadalupe in Fall

Here Comes the Sun

In Guadalupe’s House

In the Bleak Midwinter

Into the Night | St. Dymphna

In Transition

Is It Real or Is It Prozac

I Went to the Woods

Kelp Bed

Labyrinth Bowl

Letting Go

Light One Candle

Light One Candle II

Madonna Icon

The Magdalene | Three Graces

Many Graces

Mardi Gras

Miraculous Guadalupe

Misspent Youth

My 60th Year

Mystic Rose

New Beginnings

Pantocrator | Madonna

Phases of the Moon

A Place of Miracles

Ponder Peace

Pray for the Forest

Pray for Us Sinners | Annunciation

Quiet Generosity

Quiet Reminders

Raven’s Feather | St. Francis

Reach Out in the Darkness

Red Sky in the Morning

Remember Me

Rising Moon

St. Francis of Assisi

Seeking Meaning

Shoreline

Show Courage

Silk Ribbon Vessel I

Silk Ribbon Vessel II

Silk Ribbon Vessel III

Spiral Artifacts

Spring In Action

Spring Is Here

Starflower Box

Summer’s Bounty

Sunshine/Sunflower

Three Towers

Tiger Eyes

Treasure Box I

Treasure Box II

Treasure Box III

Treasure Box IV

Treasure Box V

Treasure Box VI

Treasure Box VII

Treasure Box VIII

Treasure Box IX

Treasure Box X

Treasure Box XI

Unfurled

An Unnamed Saint

Urn I

Urn II

Urn III

Urn IV

White Buffalo Shrine

Note: Bullet before title indicates works currently for sale.

Americans United

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Americans United by Larkin Jean Van Horn
From the Vessels, Shrines, and Reliquaries Gallery
Size in inches: 8 x 20 x 3

Not for sale

For millennia, people have memorialized great events — whether nobly heroic or horrifically tragic — with art. After many hours of watching the news unfold, I sought the solace of my studio. I simply could not take in any more images and needed to deal with those that I had.

One thought kept returning: the terrorists chose two airlines whose very names spoke to our national identity — American and United. And Americans were, indeed, United: in grief, in outrage, in shock, and in resolve. It was in hearing the stories of the courage shown by the passengers and crews aboard the four planes that prepared me for the serendipity that occurred on the cutting table.

The background piece for this quilt was originally intended as a color study for another project. I had created the half-round column during the summer as part of a handmade-paper class. When one landed on top of the other as I sorted through the accumulation on the table, I knew they belonged together. Even more so, since embossed on the column were four figures — one for each of the planes.

The quilting is meant to represent the rubble and the layers of dust and debris. The beads were added to represent the names of the passengers and crews — much like the names carved in stone for other memorials — unreadable until you get up close. The column itself stands tall and proud in the midst of destruction. Here were people who knew what was happening to them, and showed amazing courage in the face of certain death.

May we all be blessed with similar courage, resolve, and pride as we face the future together — Americans United.

Techniques used:
fused appliqué, machine stitching, hand beading, paper embossing and painting

Materials:
hand-dyed cotton; hand made paper; glass seed & bugle beads

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