The work is larger-than-life size portraits done in cross stitch (a type of embroidery) using cotton thread on different types of window screen. Some works are paintings, based on cross stitch images.
Time, screens, portraits, craft, feminism, space: these are the elements in the work.
These pieces started with a musing: when a person dies, and a screen be put over the body, what would pass through? These pieces are images of the what would be captured on the screen.
The experience of time: our experience of time has changed. Living in digital age, people experience time differently than 50 years ago. We relate to ourselves differently. We perceive ourselves with immediate reflections of selfies. Facebook connects us almost instantly. How has this changed our perception of ourselves? How has this changed how we are perceived?
The work is slow to make. The amount of time to make the pieces is part of the experience for the viewer as well. This slowness is connected to the perception of time that we experience.
The time we live in is controlled by screens. Phone screens separate us from the ether world of 1 and 0s that create the digital age we live in. Screens separate us from the world - screen doors, window screens - limiting what can go through and what we see. Our skin can be viewed as a shell that shows genetics and time. We are born with our face, a shell, or mask that we continue to view the world through.
Each image is of an emotional state; what I experience the SELF to look like connected to specific states of mind.
The images are at least twice as big as the person. I want to explore the pieces that make up the image of the portrait, to lay out the elements of color, to expose the color that when combined, makes something larger than itself.
Grid, ah the grid of the screen. To neatly fit it all into little boxes. Pixels, little squares of color that surround us. Douglas Coupland asked - what is it that makes us inherently human? A dog sniffs, wags it tail, will chase a ball. A cat purrs, is aloof. But humans? What is it that makes us human? My answer - control. We control everything we think is in our power to control. Thus my attraction to the grid, the opposite of organic.
The work has the visual experience of the feeling of touch screen phones.