This eight-piece work depicts a mother polar bear and her two cubs under a moonlit Arctic sky and the Northern lights.
As in many of Erickson's recent quilts, animals are marked with images that reference neolithic cave paintings. She explains: "In the mid 1990s I worked on quilted pieces that showed bears in caverns or in rooms formerly occupied by humans and covered with cave drawings of early animals. The bears wander through these environments, teaching their cubs about history. In this quilt, the ancient history is imprinted on the bears, all of whom are freed of caves and rooms, and move freely on the wall."
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Leaving the Northern Lights Behind (details)