Groundwork  

These large textiles investigate ideas of topographies, marginal spaces, protection and documentation. When a piece of cloth is sound and intact, it creates a boundary between the inside and outside, and defines the place where these zones touch each other. But when it is worn through, those boundaries become a little less clear. Then the explored terrain has more to do with exhaustion, outsourcing, disrepair, erosion and failing.

 

I've been collecting worn and discarded cloth for several years. I'm especially attracted to material with holes worn in it – rags, used envelopes, deteriorated pieces of lace, handwritten lists, scraps of metal that emerge in parking lots as the ice melts in spring. These worn out, abraded, unwanted things are beautiful to me − they reveal an accumulation of use, of work, of neglect and time. They speak to me about my own vulnerability, my own aging, the slow and eventual breaking down of my physical body.

 

It has been enormously satisfying to convert this collection of unwanted discarded materials into works that speak honestly about the raw new terrain ahead of me.

Groundwork gallery view

Groundwork gallery view

Breakup

Breakup

Breakup  - detail

Breakup - detail

Groundwork gallery view

Groundwork gallery view

Holdfast

Holdfast

Holdfast (ballast, work in progress)

Holdfast (ballast, work in progress)

Holdfast - detail

Holdfast - detail

Backroads

Backroads

Groundwork gallery view

Groundwork gallery view

Graph

Graph

Graph - detail

Graph - detail

Graph - detail

Graph - detail

Evidence

Evidence

Evidence -  detail

Evidence - detail

Groundwork gallery view

Groundwork gallery view

Tailings

Tailings

Tailings - detail

Tailings - detail

Groundwork

Groundwork

Groundwork - detail

Groundwork - detail

Groundwork - detail 2

Groundwork - detail 2

 All works on this website © 2014

Photo credits: Michael Conti, Hal Gage and Keren Lowell

 

 

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