“All Flesh Is Grass” in Greensboro, NC

I am happy to announce (belatedly) that I am currently showing work at the Gatewood Gallery at UNC-Greensboro!

Most of the work in “All Flesh Is Grass” has never been shown publicly or in such a big open space.

The exhibition is open during school hours in the Gatewood Building until February 23. But if you can’t make it to the exhibition in person, I’ve created a ‘virtual’ tour of the gallery space below (although the images are a poor substitute…)

As you walk into the gallery, you see the “Boustrophedon” shirts and “States of Becoming Sand.” (Detailed images and info here.)
“Boustrophedon,” 2015-16, hand-spun yarn embedded in men’s shirts with embroidery thread
“States of Becoming Sand,” periwinkle shells and thread on pillowcase, installed on my bed.
To your right, you have a view of the rest of the gallery.
“Pincushion Revisited,” polyester and wool fabrics, polyester batting, quilter’s and dressmaker’s pins, embroidery thread, 2017.
Gallery center: “Complete Thought” and “S A Y” on the wall.
“S A Y,” altered dish towels, 2017.
“Prom,” nesting bowls, my prom dress circa 2006, and family heirloom table. 2013-2018.
Carpet Pages” from my residency at New City Arts/The Haven in 2014.
Piece of the Reel,” receipts and embroidery thread, 2015-2016

First Friday Opening at The Bridge PAI

Common Objects = Art in “Domestic Alchemy” by Will Mullany, Amanda Wagstaff, and Chicho Lorenzo

During the months of July and August, I participated in a collaborative artist residency at The Bridge Progressive Art Initiative in Charlottesville with fellow artists Will Mullany and Chicho Lorenzo. The result of our collaboration is “Domestic Alchemy,” an interactive art installation that encourages audience members to question the distinction between domestic and exhibition space, reexamine the rules of the “gallery space,” and find creative potential in familiar household objects.

The installation will be officially unveiled during First Friday, September 2 from 5:30-7:30pm in downtown Charlottesville. Potter’s Craft Cider will be there, too!

St. Leoba

Detail: St. Leoba: Words and Deeds, 2016, purple thread on loose leaf paper, entry for the New City Artist Exchange
Detail: St. Leoba: Words and Deeds, 2016, purple thread on loose leaf paper, entry for the New City Artist Exchange

I recently participated in the 2016 New City Artist Exchange. My contribution to the exchange was an edition of 14 hand-sewn pages called “St. Leoba: Words and Deeds.”

The inspiration for this series came from St. Leoba, an Anglo-Saxon nun that I learned about during my research in Ireland. Leoba had a dream that she pulled an endless purple thread from her mouth. She desperately pulled at the thread and soon it completely filled her hands. She asked a wise woman to interpret her dream, and the woman said that the dream was a prophecy: Leoba would share wisdom and love with the world through her words and deeds.

 

The Impossibility of Making Art

perfect-tomatoYesterday, Dana brought this tomato into the kitchen, and I had a crisis of faith.

We both admired the delicate seam stitched along the side of this handful of flesh and water, like the seam of silk stockings on the back of a lumpy leg. And I thought to myself, What’s the point of making art? Am I capable of making something so perfect?