first skin

MIGRATION
The Umbrella Visual Arts Program
January 10 - February 28, 2019
Reception: July 21, 6-9 pm

ALTARATIONS: A Selection of Shrines
Dorchester Art Projects
July 21 - August 26, 2018

First Skin is a hand-stitched self-portrait sculpted and sewn from polyester organza. It is a somewhat grotesque representation fabricated from an undesirable material, with primitively sewn fingers, toes, knees, breasts and hanging threads that are unkempt and unresolved. The body is hollow, presenting as ethereal, even wispy, and yet it reveals surprising details in the shadows cast onto the wall.

Postured and vulnerable, these projections that smooth over blemishes, reveal bulges and delineate wrinkles, articulate certain unnamed truths that illustrate a compelling emergence of spirit, growth and change.

First Skin represents my ritual of process and craft in the devotion of art, history, identity, time and place.

I take needlearts away from lapwork and bring it into large scale dimensional space. First Skin personifies my progress as a woman who expresses through needlearts, impactful sculptures of contemporary relevance, both freely and confidently and as integral to who I am.

 

FIRST SKIN, 59x24x8 in., 79x24x8 in. w/ hanger, polyester organza, thread, wood hanger - 2018
Photography: Will Howcroft