Please join me for an artist’s talk at 3 pm and the opening reception from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 19 at the Catskill Art Society. My new solo exhibit, “through the eye of a needle” is on exhibit at CAS until October 18, 2015.
This series of collages, interpreting words and themes used in sewing and needlework, reflects upon historical and current tensions over women’s work, identity, and how the product of a woman’s hand is valued – or not. The many-layered collages, interweaving textiles and fragments from sewing baskets, yard sales, and fellow textile artists, collect together aspects of women’s lives from many years and many generations. For some women, the ability to sew might have been an avenue for creative expression and for others, it was a means to a meager living; for many, it was likely a combination of both.
Commonplace words such as “dart/stay,” “notions,” or “bias” — seem newly unfamiliar when interpreted using the very textiles they describe. Other pieces invite the viewer to pause, and imagine life stories for the women featured in the anonymous photographs set within deconstructed samplers, for needlework was often done by underpaid (or unpaid) household help. Their labors survive, but their names do not. Reflecting an aesthetic developed almost exclusively by women, the viewpoint in these finely-detailed collages is always minute: the world as seen through the eye of a needle. I hope that you will find that looking at the past through this narrow eye provides a new, broader way of seeing our own time.
My work is also on exhibit in the following group shows:
Finding our place: the geography of art
Annmarie Sculpture Garden (a Smithsonian affiliate)
juror: Mary Savig, Curator of Manuscripts, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
October 23, 2015- January 3, 2016
juror: Laura Johansen, Curator, Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art (KMOCA)
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum
September 5- 27, 2015
Columbia County Plein Air Artists “Volume 2”
August 1-September 26, 2015
Columbia County Chamber of Commerce
Hope to see you soon!