ARTIST STATEMENT: I re-contextualize traditional women's handcrafts (weaving, dyeing, embroidery) within our contemporary digital age, translating selfies, tweets and Facebook posts into embroideries and fabric sculptures. As we increasingly rely on technology, I fear a loss of the art of one-on-one, face-to-face, intimate communication. As an antidote, I convey, through stitched drawings, subtle body language, uncomfortable emotion and even awkward positioning of hands, shoulders, jaw line, eyes and eyebrows, compelling a sense of immediacy and intimacy. The texts I embroider are tweet-length poems and stream-of-consciousness musings about the widening gap between intention and behavior online, or what I refer to as "our selfies versus our psyches." My hand-stitched missives are nostalgic mementos mimicking mostly bygone hand-written, snail-mailed letters.
Embroideries are a tangible record of a moment, thought, feeling or event. By contrast, tweets and Instagram pics refresh every second. And while online data may technically exist forever, most online posts leave our personal, social and cultural memories as quickly as they appeared. By embroidering digital ephemera, I question the ways we craft and define identity. I also broach the question of cultural heritage: if so much of our lives are online, and our current forms of media and communication will eventually become obsolete, how will future generations connect with our current era? In the absence of a cultural desire for preservation and an absence of objects to preserve, I craft my own relics.
He Stepped in a Pool of Red Paint 2014 Paint on fabric with stiffener, stuffing, embroidery
From Russia to Brooklyn to Russia (with Love) 2014 Sculptures with paint on fabric, stiffener, stuffing, embroidery
This Country Is My Home and Not My Home 2014 Paint on fabric with stiffener, stuffing, embroidery
We Carry Our Homes on Our Backs 2014 Paint on fabric with stiffener, stuffing, fabric
Tree House Canopy, Brooklyn Family 2014 Sculptures with paint on fabric, stiffener, stuffing, embroidery
Dollhouses, Tree Houses: Childhood Memories as Home 2014 Paint and embroidery on fabric and trim with fabric stiffener
Emotional Opacity 2014 Paint on fabric with cut out and embroidery
IRL/URL 2013 Paint and embroidery on fabric
Selfie aka Love in the iPhone Era 2013 Paint and embroidery on fabric
Subway Blues 2013 Paint and embroidery on fabric
#QueensStyle 2014 Paint and embroidery on fabric
What I Can Glean from Facebook 2013 Paint and embroidery on fabric
Bearded Brooklyn 2014 Paint and embroidery on fabric and trim with fabric stiffener
F Train Couple 2014 Paint and embroidery on fabric
Goth Girl 2013 Embroidery on fabric Text supplied by an anonymous friend for @EmbroideryPoems, my 2013 Brooklyn Arts Council sponsored project for which I embroidered my own and others' tweet-length poems.
Wistful Digital Longings 2014 embroidery on fabric
Facebook Page 2012 Embroidery on antique textile with borrowed text
Earthquake 2012 hand and machine embroidery on fabric with borrowed text
Love Permanence 2013 embroidery on antique textile