Lisa Downey, Teaching, Cotton and plastic dolls, 2019
Mom Made Us
Lisa Downey uses quilts, dolls and garments to process the memories of a childhood made bittersweet by the early loss of her mother. Lisa Downey comes from a sprawling family of seven children that grew up in the seventies and unfortunately lost their mother in the eighties. A creative being, mother Downey made scores of matching outfits for her children and their dolls. Unfortunately, the quilt intended as a wedding gift for the eldest son was never completed. Downey uses this quilt as a pivot point to create her own textiles for the wall to demonstrate the relationships within the family. Lisa Downey is an emerging textile artist based in St. John’s, who enjoys telling stories with cloth.