• Women have always collected things and saved and recycled them because leftovers yielded nourishment in new forms. The decorative functional objects women made often spoke in a secret language, bore a covert imagery. When we read these images in needlework, in paintings, in quilts, rugs and scrapbooks, we sometimes find a cry for help, sometimes an allusion to a secret political alignment, sometimes a moving symbol about the relationships between men and women.

    Miriam Schapiro (1985). “Miriam Schapiro: Femmages, 1971-1985 : Brentwood Gallery, 1221 South Brentwood Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63117 : May 17-June 30, 1985”