Groundwork is a strip of handwoven fabric 8 inches wide and 525 feet long sewn into a continuous loop. When installed in a gallery it sits on the floor as a heap, and viewers are invited to interact with it. This work has been the starting point for several collaborations.
Tissue is 10 feet tall and 16 feet wide, and is composed of handwoven strips of fabric that free hang in the space so that viewers can access both the back and front of the work. A quote by Roland Barthe is woven into the strips.
Hands On Philosophy
HANDS ON PHILOSOPHY
Hands On Philosophy is an interactive piece in which individual panels of handwoven fabric reproduce 19th century quotes about the nature of art and art-making. Then panels are available to viewers to arrange and rearrange at will. There are six quotes used in this series, only the first one, by Benedetto Croce, is shown here.
Hands on Philosophy (in use)
Hands on Philosophy (variation)
Disaster Blanket: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
DISASTER BLANKET SERIES
My first series of art textiles were Disaster Blankets, hand woven or pieced from commercial fabric and hand stitched with text.
Disaster Blanket: Diamond Mine
Disaster Blanket: Ana Mendieta
Much of my early work took on gender issues, especially the assumptions made about ‘women’s work’. Here, the last fourteen pillowcases embroidered by my great grandmother Sarah English make an installation. When the viewer looks closely they find a text stitched by me commenting on the uses of the ‘frivolous’ activity of embroidery. My text is a paraphrase of a quote found on a 19th century quilt. “With these works may it be revealed how distress by industry may be concealed.”
Like many of my countrymen, on September 12, 2001 I began to meditate on the scale of disaster. This drawing, on 30 sheets of handmade paper, is 11 feet tall and 7.5 feet wide. I needed to see what 3019 falling forms looked like.
September Diary (detail)
Leaving the Land of the Lotus Eaters
We make our own meaning, construct our own knowledge. Collage is the perfect medium use when meditating on this. I often turn to collage to make sense of my own experiences. This series was made with found paper, machine and hand stitching.