RE-WILDING (work in progress)

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Re-Wilding (work in progress), 2022


Approximately 45" x 65“ (currently 16 panels, 10” x 10” each)

Reclaimed Quilted Panels, Appliqued Fiberglass Mesh, Dyed Cheesecloth and Cotton Fabric, Heat and Bond Adhesive, Felt, High Gloss Vinyl, Thread, Invisible Thread, Chain, Paper, Laser Cut Vinyl and additional Mixed Media

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These mixed media embroideries are inspired by abandoned manmade structures that have been over grown with vegetation and weathered by the elements. The dilapidated appearance of each panel represent decay and decomposition that occur over time. Deterioration is depicted the process of staining, burning and unraveling, while sewing, gluing, and layering mimic our natural tendency to want to fix and repair. Drips look like insidious water, fluid or oil leaks, seeping into the compositions and organic shapes behind the panels represent soot clouds or oil spills alluding to carbon footprints. In these pieces, I am interested in the cyclical nature of our determination as humans to control the environment, and the inevitable ways in which nature reclaims its territory through deterioration and decay. The disparity of the soft organic materials and drip patterns evident of leakage and deterioration juxtaposed to industrial, synthetic materials and patterns used for building, sewing, and construction create a visual dichotomy which embody this idea.

**Some of the images above employ the use of digital drawing in their current state for planning and arranging the compositions. The final pieces will not include any digital elements.