Central Library, Lobby Gallery
A Stitch In Time
Artist Talk: Weds, November 12, 6 pm
Trustees Room, 3rd Floor
In my work, I use original photographs along with duplicated images from family albums and archives. I print these images onto fabric, which I then sew onto garments from different periods in American history. By this process, I combine the documentary power of photography with clothing's ability to reflect the times and circumstances people live in. Also essential to my work are the fiber arts of embroidery, beading and applique, which add to the creation of a symbolic language.
By using these techniques I can connect to the southern folk art practices of my grandmother, aunts and other female relatives. Just as folklore blends fact, fiction, mythology and symbolism, I attempt to do the same by using these elements and the media of photography and textiles to explore African American culture and its place in the African Diaspora.
My inspiration comes from the African textiles that often contain proverbs and codes, along with personal or group history woven into the fabric. By integrating various visual symbols and techniques from African art, and combining them with photography and American design elements, I seek to show the merging of different cultures and their subsequent impact on each other."