Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stitched Selfies: Rotten to the Core

The third in the Stitched Selfies Series, "Rotten to the Core" echoes a refrain I heard frequently whenever I misbehaved as a child (as in, "You are rotten to the core").

In amidst the textile pattern of repeating little girls (me circa 3 years old on a lawn in Georgia) we see the little girl's rotten inner core. We could go into the deep psychological implications of this piece, but let's not. A sense of humor serves as a balm to the most questionable of memories.

As with the other pieces in this Selfies Series, the techniques include digital photo manipulation, collage, iron-on transfer, cloth, and embroidery.

Still haven't quite figured out why I am doing these or what I am going to do with them, but I don't think I'm done yet. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stitched Selfies: The Solipsistic Nature of Memory

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The second in the Stitched Selfies series, with a big title for what is a very simple idea: We are each at the center of our own universe. In The Solipsistic Nature of Memory I am featured in a classic kindergarten photo from the early 1950s. My classmates, long since completely forgotten, are shown here as a blurred horde that serves only to highlight my unique wonderfulness. Throughout childhood I kept expecting an adult in a suit to step forward at some point and declare that, after covertly observing me for a period of time, the powers that be had arrived to acknowledge that I was unique and wonderful, at which point they would whisk me away to a far more fabulous world than the seemingly mediocre one I found myself in. 

The fact that I look vaguely like a young, blond Frida Kahlo in this embroidered rendition is sheerly by happenstance.

As with all works in the Selfie Series, materials include photo transfer, fabric, and cotton thread.

Next up in the series: a trip to the dark side.
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