Bargello Works, 2016-18
The subject of my work is the translation of traditional, home-based arts executed in fabric and fiber into works on paper. In this way, I push against the barrier erected between art and craft – a barrier rooted in class and gender. In Bargello Works, I distill the elements of pattern, color, geometry and symmetry used in Bargello needlepoint. From a distance, the images look faint and uniform but when the viewer looks closely, there is variability and vibrancy in the hand painted lines. Begun during the presidential campaign and election of 2016, these works were my meditative, studio-based act of resistance. Upholding the dignity of visual traditions born of “women’s work” was a statement.