Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts
Maximum Security: Panopticon Quilt
2018
shirts, calico, fabric printed with government and corporate surveillance patterns, surveillance cameras
76 x 60 inches

The cameras in this quilt collect images of the viewers who approach it.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts shirts, calico, fabric printed with government and corporate surveillance patterns, surveillance cameras
Maximum Security: Panopticon Quilt, detail
2018
shirts, calico, fabric printed with government and corporate surveillance patterns, surveillance cameras
76 x 60 inches

The cameras in this quilt collect images of the viewers who approach it.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts fabric printed with a security pattern from Citibank, pulled thread
3. Maximum Security: Unravelling Quilt: Panopticon/Citibank
2018
fabric printed with a security pattern from Citibank, pulled thread
65 x 54 inches

This bank is one of the major contributors to the funding of private prisons in the United States and to the acceleration of climate change through their investment in coal.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts fabric printed with a logo from Wells Fargo,, pulled thread
Unravelling Quilt: Wells Fargo
2018
fabric printed with a logo from Wells Fargo,, pulled thread
65 x 54 inches

This bank is one of the major contributors to the funding of private prisons in the United States and to the acceleration of climate change through their investment in coal.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts fabric printed with a logo from Wells Fargo,, pulled thread
Unravelling Quilt: Wells Fargo, detail
2018
fabric printed with a logo from Wells Fargo,, pulled thread
65 c 54 inches

This bank is one of the major contributors to the funding of private prisons in the United States and to the acceleration of climate change through their investment in coal.
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Spike Island, detail of quilt block

Detail of Maximum Security, Spike Island, with central block including uniform sleeve insert to resemble the eye, and reference the all-seeing panopticon.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Uniforms, Calico, Fabric Printed with Security Envelope Patterns from Banks and Government-issued correspondence, bedding and buttons
Spike Island
2016
Uniforms, Calico, Fabric Printed with Security Envelope Patterns from Banks and Government-issued correspondence, bedding and buttons
75 x 60 inches, King Size

Spike Island in Cobh, Ireland, was built by the British as a fort and was later made into a prison. It became the largest convict depot in the world. Early IRA members were incarcerated here. This quilt is based on the repetition of the prison’s plan, which closely resembles a traditional star quilt block. Roughly the size of a king bed sheet, this quilt is pieced from fabrics printed with security envelope patterns, fragments of uniforms and dress shirts, calico, bedding and buttons. I used calico to reference both an exterior space, and ideas about trade and exchange. The British banned calico imports from India, and later became the largest textile producers in the world.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Fabrics printed with security envelope patterns from banks and government-issued correspondence, bedding
P is for Panopticon, Maximum Security Quilt
2016
Fabrics printed with security envelope patterns from banks and government-issued correspondence, bedding
67 x 76 inches

Each letter is an aerial view of a maximum security prison built by the United States using public and private funds.
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P is for Panopticon, detail of 4 prison letters, from aerial views of US funded and privately funded prisons
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Plan of Rikers Island in pulled fabric, printed with security envelope pattern, bedding
In Memory of Kalief Browder
2016
Plan of Rikers Island in pulled fabric, printed with security envelope pattern, bedding
6' x 8, the size of a solitary confinement cell at Rikers Island

This quilt was adapted from the popular quilt pattern tic-tack-toe.
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Detail of In Memory of Kalief Browder, pulled thread
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "Spike Island Quilt"
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "In Memory of Kalief Browder Quilt", Prints and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "In Memory of Kalief Browder", "Florence ADX a" Quilts and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "In Memory of Kalief Browder", "Florence ADX a and b", and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "Florence ADX, a, b and c" and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016

Florence ADX is a super maximum security prison complex in Florence, Colorado. The work consists of three crib-sized quilts that incorporate design elements from traditional “hugs and kisses” and fan quilts. I was surprised that the shapes of the aerial views of these prisons resemble houses. Arranged from left to right, the background fabrics of the three quilts create a grey-scale from lighter to darker shades.
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Bedding, uniforms, fabrics printed with security patterns from bank and government-issued correspondence.
Values Study, Maximum Security, Installation view with "Florence ADX a and b", and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016
Bedding, uniforms, fabrics printed with security patterns from bank and government-issued correspondence.
Each quilt measures 45 x 60 inches, approximately.

Florence ADX is a super maximum security prison complex in Florence, Colorado. The work consists of three crib-sized quilts that incorporate design elements from traditional “hugs and kisses” and fan quilts. I was surprised to find the shapes of the aerial views of these prisons resemble houses. Arranged from left to right, the background fabrics of the three quilts create a grey-scale from lighter to darker shades.
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Maximum Security, Installation view with "P is for Panopticon" Quilt, Prints and Security Envelope Wallpaper
2016

Each letter is made from the aerial view of a US Prison.
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Maximum Security in "Why Wallpaper" at the Villa Terrace Museum
2016

Quilt of Rikers Island and 50 States Wallpapers: Wisconsin and Rhode Island. Historic Wallpapers amended with Maximum Security Prisons
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Detail of Maximum Security Installation at the Villa Terrace Museum
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Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Fabric Printed with Security Envelope Patterns from Banks  and Government Agencies
Thompson Correctional Center
2015
Fabric Printed with Security Envelope Patterns from Banks and Government Agencies
60 x 60 inches

Quilt Pattern: Hugs and Kisses
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detail of Thompson Prison
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Pigment print with Staples
Maximum Security
2016
Pigment print with Staples
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Aerial View of a Maximum Security Prison altered with administrative materials
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Pigment print with Staples
Maximum Security: Charkia
2017
Pigment print with Staples
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Aerial View of a Maximum Security Prison altered with administrative materials
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Pigment print with Whiteout
Maximum Security
2017
Pigment print with Whiteout
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Aerial View of a Maximum Security Prison altered with administrative materials
Elizabeth Duffy Maximum Security: Penitentiary Quilts Pigment print with Tape
Maximum Security
2017
Pigment print with Tape
11 x 8 1/2 inches

Aerial View of a Maximum Security Prison altered with administrative materials
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Maximum Security Alphabet
2016

Aerial views of prisons
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