Will You Accept This Rose?
A series of woven images addressing modern mythology through the lens of popular culture. Each piece was hand-woven on a TC2 jacquard loom with naturally dyed cotton and silk and is based on a digital still from season 22 of “The Bachelor.”
This image depicts a woman, Jenny, rejected by the lead during the second episode of the season. I was struck by her strength and resiliency in the face of reality television rejection and explored her character as a modern mythological figure. By repeating her image in multiple large-scale weavings I created a pantheon of her digital image as a mythic figure.
I used a modified rosette weaving pattern throughout this series- a pattern typically seen in Americana coverlet weavings. A rose is the symbol of validation on “The Bachelor” and receiving a rose allows a contestant to continue on to the next week. Through the repetition and distortion of this rose-based weaving pattern, I offer the woman getting rejected a form of agency and control over her own roses.