Artist Residency Show Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, 2012
I set about the task of how a stitch becomes a room and the issues of scale and all associated connotations. I read and studied the work of historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, her book The Good Wives in particular. I was fascinated by the idea that an 18th Century woman on a Maine homestead could occupy a world of repetitive arduous tasks as well as make vibrant leaps in her imagination via needlework. The rooms (the small models in the exhibition) are embroidered embodiments of this idea; some are flights of flowers and landscape and others are endless lists of tasks and obligations. The chair is a final homage to this woman’s life with vibrant mapping of flowers and flora and a sitting room within a chair.
Photos by Caleb Crawford