2014 > Writing Adamites

Muslin, cotton batting, cotton thread, graphite

Writing Adamites is a large-scale embroidery piece based on the writing of poet Robert Francis, a neighbor and friend of my great grandparents and their children in Cushman, Massachusetts. Tracing, stitching and re-stitching the descriptive words written about my family members was a method for me to enter this story and use Francis' prose as a window into their lives. Hung in the center of the room, viewers can circle the piece, experiencing the writing on both the front and back of the cloth. I am interested in the dislocation of meaning when words are redacted or highlighted within a text and the frustration of seeking meaning or closeness where none can be found.