This Mirror Inside Me Shows (I Can’t Say What But I Can’t Not Know)

Artist Statement

Memories leave an indelible imprint on the psyche, trailing behind us as we move through the present. When woven together memories contribute to our concept of identity, which itself can fray and disintegrate with neglect. As the picture of reality passes through the filter of Us, a spiritual imprint is left behind. This body of work is an attempt to express that imprint in a physical form. The purpose of the project was not to define identity through making but rather to acknowledge that the process of making creates connections between the personal self and the universal self.

A relationship is formed between traditional hand techniques and contemporary technology by combining methods of collage, digital imaging, embroidery, and printmaking. The slow process of laying down a mark, one stitch at a time, requires focus and a stillness of mind that is rarely present elsewhere. Embroidery becomes a physical manifestation of time, and therefore life. There is a direct correlation between the woven structure of cloth and the pixelated image. The blending of these methods results in a series of work that embodies the contrasting ephemeral and enduring nature of memory and identity.

But I Haven't Forgotten I Dreamed

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

Detail of But I Haven't Forgotten I Dreamed

Detail of But I Haven't Forgotten I Dreamed

I Haven't Time

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

Detail of I Haven't Time

You Dreamed

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

Detail of You Dreamed

Detail of You Dreamed

If You're Not Here

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

Detail of If You're Not Here

Detail of If You're Not Here

Who Says Words With My Mouth

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

Detail of Who Says Words...

Detail of Who Says Words...

What the Dream Said, 1

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

What the Dream Said, 2

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

What The Dream Said, 3

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

 

A Polished Mirror, Gold

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

A Polished Mirror, Silver

Digital print, hand embroidery on silk, linen, hand dyed silk
2016

 

Installation views of the series This Mirror Inside Me Shows (I Can’t Say What But I Can’t Not Know)