Hanging them Out to Dry , 2019-2020
“Hanging Them Out to Dry” is about man’s influenced on climate change through everyday life activities. The embroidered birds represent a wide range of birds that are on the sliding scale of endangerment: the Piping plover to the Boat-tail grackle, the American Woodcock to the Mourning Warbler, the Brown Pelican to the Upland Sandpiper. Stitching them all from hand was done as a dedication as well as an act of preservation. The vintage napkins, as well as the clothesline, were selected for their function and history. We have traded in the health of our earth for our convenience.
This is the first work of art that exclusively features my hand embroidery. Thanks to a course at Penland School of Craft titled "Stitching as Drawing", I had been updated beyond my pre-teen experience of stitching embroidery kits on long road trips. I was amazed that I did remember most of the stitches. Now the "kit" is of my own design, with the mission of rendering living birds. I had to go back to my painting knowledge and color theory to figure out the art of blending colors with thread. Stitching is definitely a three dimensional act and a color thread stitched with or next to each other can blend and make new colors.
To photograph this piece, I took them out to New Germany State park, to find a place that I could install to bring it to life. I really have to admit there is something amazing about seeing them in this beautiful environment that truly brings them to life. I plan on adding more birds, with a kingfisher in progress , as well as find new places to install them.
"Hanging them out to Dry", was originally created for the show : "Unnatural Causes, an Exhibition about Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss" that was to be at the Charles Mansion in Baltimore, MD, for the spring of 2020. It has been postpone indefinitely due to the COVID-19 crisis. Hopefully it will happen at the Peale Center some time in the near future.