Daisy Patton: Put Me Back Like They Found Me

Fulginiti Pavilion on the Anschutz Medical Campus (13080 E 19th Ave, Aurora)

March 5 - June 4, 2020

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Daisy Patton, "Melvina Hernández", 23" diameter embroidery, 2016

“I really don’t want to sue. I just want them to put me back like they found me.” —Valerie Cliett, sterilized against her will at age 23 after giving birth to her son.

“Put Me Back Like They Found Me” centers the stories of female survivors of horrific, regular practices of forced sterilization in the US. I embroider the portraits of survivors as a nod to domestic labor, “women’s work,” and thread as a metaphor for life. For living survivors, the work is a collaboration between the women and myself; each portrait is designed to contain a chosen element that has significance in their lives. Hospital gowns display painted text that focus on various survivors and the sufferings they have endured. It is truly impossible to understand the tremendous pain and violation forced upon to so many people at the handsof governments, institutions, and doctors in the name of progress and white supremacy. We as a society owe these survivors and their memories our care and demand for justice by finally ending these cruel violations for present and future generations.—Daisy Patton