Raeus Jae Cannon
Fiber Artist, Author, Speaker
Memories From a Dissident Daughter
Made up of 84 squares, each square represents one year in the life of my mother.  The slashes represent negative/trauma in her life.  The red flashes represent positive events (from my view) such as marriages, births, etc. 
Seven years before she passed (the bottom 7 squares) she was diagnosed with a type of Alzheimer's called Lewey Body Disease.  The squares slowly and progressively unravel as did her mind. 
But there was a blessing for me in her diagnosis:  My mother and I never got along very well.  We argued often; sometimes didn’t speak for months or years.  However, from the day she was diagnosed, I called her every day at 11am.  I could always tell how she was doing by the tone of her voice.  The Alzheimer’s made her forgot all the things she didn't like about me, and for the first time in my life I heard: “It’s so good to hear your voice.”  I enjoyed my talks with her and enjoyed my visits.  I am the 'Dissident Daughter’, and this is my mother's story.
Memories From a Dissident Daughter
Size: 40" x 40"

2019: Ongoing Conversation, Kyoto International Community House, Kyoto, Japan
2021: National Center for Contemporary Arts, Minsk, Belarus
2022: The Ford Studios, Marion, VA
Handweaver's Guild of America, Seven Guilds Strong, Emporium Building, Knoxville, TN