While attending a residency in Thailand I shared a mud house with many of the native species. One in particular, a small black scorpion, haunted the drain of my bathroom sink occupying my thoughts and affecting my every move. It became a curiosity how a being so small could wield so much power.
In response, I created a black lace scorpion power figure with materials found at local markets. Once home the diminutive size of the object lacked the impact of the experience, prompting my second version, and expanding the conversation beyond the personal.
Stinger looms larger than life. Its lacy exoskeleton is crafted from found doilies that suggest a history of needlework and domesticity that is left ambiguous. Dyed black and collaged into a mosaic of patterns, they now form the permeable body of a creature feared for its venomous sting and quick shift from repose to attack.
Balancing tradition and innovation I used needlework to infuse renewed power to craft traditions often dismissed as feminine. Found objects-the everyday and invisible-are reworked and repurposed, and placed on a pedestal for scrutiny where the psychological is made physical in the way the one form materializes from another.
THUMBPRINTS Encaustic reliefs of the doily remnants leftover from constructing Stinger. Each impression represents the lost identity of the maker whose efforts went unrecorded. Each tile measures 4x4x1.5 inches. Encaustic wax on wood panel. Oil stick for color.
WHAT I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY IN THE FIRST PLACE
Large charcoal and graphite drawings on oil paper, 72x53 inches