NSFW Quilts Are More Than Just Comfortable Vulgarity

6495433797_12555c1736It would be easy to assume that quilts with profanity on them are simply just there for a shock and a laugh. Hell, a few may be, like “Fuck” above. However, a deeper look at some of the work of Completely Cauchy reveals that sometimes there’s more to it.

Sure, sometimes the message is self evident. Cussing is fun and at times, it is really required to drive the point home.

6279437975_183dcd407bOther times the message is a bit less self evident. Take, for example, the quilt labelled “Life is a picnic” pictured below.

10811990344_c808d8b0a5Here’s a short excerpt from this quilt’s background:

What does this word mean to you? [There are too many possible angles: first time you encountered the word, whether it was ever aimed at you, broader societal context (appropriation, re-claiming, is it still commonly used?). I’ll leave it open to you.]

the big question.

there are rare instances when i use the word in a kind of ironically loving way; like seeing a visibly queer boy, turning to my friend and saying, “look at this faggot!” to acknowledge their fabulosity.

generally though, this word makes me feel bad in a way that’s indescribable for the most part. to me, it signals both hateful loathing and danger. whereas ‘fag’ is still incredibly derogatory and equally abhorrent, ‘faggot’ usually means it’s time to get outta there or this dude will fuck me up!

and yet (and i’m sure freud would have a field day with this one) it’s still a part of who i am. anyone can clock me as gay as soon as i open my mouth. anyone with any sense can tell just from how i walk. i’m not one of those gays who’s trying to get married and prove to the world that “i’m just like you” or “love is love” or believe everything is ok because “it gets better” (as if that were even true for everyone or makes it worth the shit queer kids still have to go through). i live in this world differently. there are people in the world who hate me because of that. i can’t change that and won’t change for them.

for me, hearing faggot is just a reminder that being hated will always be a part of my world.

luckily, i’ve minimized my exposure to it.

 

The person for whom this quilt was made (and who answers the question above) is named Seven and he wrote a piece about this quilt.

Here are a few more of the fantastic works. Each has its own back story and you can find much more information on Completely Couchey’s site.