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A new exhibit at the National Quilt Museum explores body image.

Carol Larson's exhibit "Tall Girl" tells the story of the artist's struggle after she had surgery at 17 that made her 6 inches shorter. According to the artist's statement, she had the surgery, when she was more than 6 1/2 feet tall, because it was thought at the time that making her shorter would give her a more "normal" life.

"In my mid-50s I began to suffer from joint debilitation as the result of these surgeries," Larson said in her statement. "Finally with the loss of my mobility and independence, I began to truly grieve my broken body.

"This is a story of body image, mixed messages, healing, personal change, stamina and acceptance. Through manipulation of cloth and stitch, I healed my heart and body."

The exhibit is on display now through Jan. 16, 2018.

Also on display at the museum through Jan. 16, 2018, is a collection of Lakota quilts, which feature traditional and modern interpretations of the Lakota textile tradition.

The National Quilt Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 30. It is at 215 Jefferson St. in Paducah.

— The Southern

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