Encyclopedic museum collections include works made of textile, basketry, or other utilitarian objects. These pieces are examples of the highest mastery of their practices. However, they are often labeled as craft or folk art rather than masterpieces within the “canon” of art history. Many of these collections derive from communities of color, women, or self-taught artists, while many white, male, educated artists have been given the privilege to work in avant-garde mediums and techniques.
My most recent series, Painted Stitches (2017-2019), features portraits of women of color. The earlier pieces primarily in raw muslin and cotton embroidery floss, while the newest pieces utilized round primed canvas. Employing a painterly eye and hand, rather than utilizing traditional embroidery techniques for the stitch work.
Simultaneously working on a series of drawings and Risograph prints, A Woman’s Place is in the House, highlighting and pay homage to prominent contemporary women of color who are making dynamic socio-political shifts. Both of these series will act as an effort to contribute to ongoing historical revisionism.