A search image is a mental point of focus for archeologists that motivates them through the long and tedious hours of digging until something is found. This installation work was made in response to the ancient Roman ruins and artifacts found at Aquincum in Hungary. Please see SHOW ESSAY written by artist for more information about this work.
The Fish Don't Talk About the Water
Variations on Navigation #2 -5
hand pieced and machine quilted gabardine fabric, cotton batting, thread
Over centuries ancient civilizations devised simple tools for cartography, land survey and the construction of monolithic structures. The 3rd century BC engineers of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza used the plumb bob to plot foundations and around this time, the concept of latitude and longitude was proposed by the Greek mathematician, geographer and music theorist Eratosthenes. This is the initial recognition that longitude can be determined by accurate knowledge of time and the beginning of humans living within a unified grid of time and space.
“These quilts abstract the traditional double four patch piecing pattern and utilize the modernist grid top stitch pattern as a system of order within which images can be unearthed by the viewer. Hanging on the wall and constructed out of gabardine, a fabric typically used for raincoats and trousers, these quilts veer far from their domestic connotations and stretch the tension between form and function, thus questioning what a tool can be. They ask “Can these works escape their perceived use value by becoming a navigational tool in the psychic space of dreams?” - excerpt from ESSAY BY JANET YOON
This collaborative work with Sterling Lawrence use rejected Burberry raincoat fabric in the form of moving blankets as a framing device. The photographic images housed within explore abstracts, a fragmented index of information from the beginning of known documented knowledge pertaining to surgical knots. Suspended knot braces become the support for sculptural clay forms, which are reminiscent of the body. Moving blankets deprived of their imagined utility have become the framing units for studies of surgical knots. These knots have three origins of intended use but the focus has been placed on how the knots hold a patient in position.