Shelter in Place
The embroidered snapshots of Shelter in Place further confront the constrictions that plague the female experience. Appearing frozen in time and place, the mid-century subjects are stitched into their regressive domestic environments and personalized by decorative handwork. When “sheltering in place,” one must seek safety where one stands, and like many women of that era, her figures must look within for agency and comfort. High resolution scans, epson prints, mounted on ultraboard, framed and embroidered. Top: #I-IV each 24x24 inches Left: #V 36x24 inches
To be dressed is to cover, adorn, or envelop the body in the guise we present to the outside world. To be dressed can be an exercise in simplicity, or an elaborate over-the-top performance. These Greek Orthodox Ex Votos represent the quintessential expectations of young females and are stitched to reveal, or hide, their realities. 50 ex voto tiles found at a flea market in Athens. Mixed fibers and objects 5x2 inches
Embroidery onto 1960 Mao Propaganda magazine pages that were left behind in my studio in China. They are stitched using a traditional pine needle stitch with threads scavenged from the refuse of a nearby factory. They pose questions about the value of the individual vs. society while employing a traditional activity once banned by Mao's Cultural Revolution.
China Samplers I-V
Found threads, 1960s Mao propaganda magazines, varied dimensions, 2014