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Christine Meuris

Signs & Symbols, 2023

In this body of work, I’ve continued creating imagined material relics of a society bearing the “signs and symbols” of the world in which it arose. Pushing my familiar materials -- dyeing stiff tarlatan fabric to make it colorful and soft; printing on mulberry paper to add pattern and color -- I am developing a visual language of frayed linen applique, paper-thread lines, sewn paper, and symmetrical paper cuts with their internal symbology.

I have drawn on the traditions of Hawaiian Kapa (mulberry bark cloth), Kirigami (Japanese paper cutting), and quilt applique as both repair and decoration. I owe a great debt to these traditions and the artists who practice(d) them.

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