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Installation View with Triple River Wallpaper in Assembly 2019, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA
KinShip Chevrons with custom printed wallpaper from digital design
dimensions variable, shown 96 x 192”
2019
KinShip Chevron (Orange)
cotton hunters shirting, cotton “bark” fabric, linen, quilt binding, digital embroidery, hand embroidery, machine quilting, metallic polyester ribbon, brass eyelets
36 x 32”
2019
KinShip Chevron (Teal)
cotton “bark” fabric, multi-scale camouflage fabric, linen, quilt binding, digital embroidery, machine quilting, synthetic leather fringe, brass eyelets
36 x 32”
2019
KinShip Chevron (Blue)
cotton hunters shirting, linen, quilt binding, digital embroidery, machine quilting, synthetic leather fabric, metallic polyester ribbon, brass eyelets
36 x 32”
2019
KinShip Chevron (Chartreuse)
cotton hunters shirting, multi-scale camouflage fabric, linen, quilt binding, digital embroidery, machine quilting, synthetic leather fringe, brass eyelets
36 x 32”
2019
KinShip Chevron (Turquoise)
cotton hunters shirting, cotton “bark” fabric, digital embroidery, hand quilting, metallic polyester ribbon
36 x 32”
2019
KinShip Quilt
cotton hunters shirting, cotton “bark” fabric, cotton batting, digital embroidery, hand quilting, polyester embroidery thread, brass grommets
52 x 52”
2019
KinShip Triangle Octave
Chambray fabric, cotton “wood grain” fabric, fabric paint, digital embroidery, wood,
Composed of 8 40”x 30” individual triangles. Shown 144 x 86”
2019
KinShip Triangle Octave
Installation View in Assembly 2019 at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington. VA
2019
KinShip Triangle
Chambray fabric, cotton “wood grain”fabric, fabric paint, digital embroidery,
40”x 30”
2019

My current work in progress, “Kinship," combines commercially produced fabrics with images of nature intended to be used for hunting and other forms of modern-day “camouflage” with geometric, digitally produced embroideries that reference sacred geometry and other “spiritual” schematics.

While working and teaching in Southern Maryland I encounter an abundance of material like hunters shirting and other “camo” and “nature” print fabric in commercial fabric stores. These materials are a point of entry for considering the complex “kinships” that develop amongst communities that live and work together at the edges of rural spaces and how relationships to “natural” spaces intersect with parts of identity, especially gender and sexuality. In Staying With the Trouble, Donna Haraway states: “Kin is a wild category that all sorts of people do their best to domesticate… Alone, in our separate kinds of expertise and experience, we know both too much and too little, and so we succumb to despair or to hope... Neither despair nor hope is tuned to the senses, to mindful matter, to material semiotics, to mortal earthlings in thick copresence.” In KinShip, I explore the material semiotics of these fabrics and other materials as a way to evoke the “thick co-presence” of American life under late capitalism and in the age of the anthropocene.