Exhibition text: These women in my family would seem to have been pragmatic and in their deepest instincts clinically radical, given to breaking clean with everyone and everything they knew. (...) They tended to accommodate any means in pursuit of an uncertain end. They tended to avoid dwelling on just what that end might imply. When they could not think what else to do they moved another thousand miles, set out another garden: beans and squash and sweet peas from seeds carried from the last place. The past could be jettisoned, children buried and parents left behind, but seeds got carried. They were women, these women in my family, without much time for second thoughts, without inclination toward equivocation, and later, when there was time or inclination, there developed a tendency, which I came to see as endemic, toward slight and major derangements, apparently eccentric pronouncements, opaque bewilderment and moves to places not quite on schedule.
Joan Didion, "Where I Was From" in We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Collected Nonfiction (Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 2006), 955-956.
List of works: Garden Variety 2017 Fabric remnant on quilted and stretched muslin, dressmaker pin 72 x 56 x 1 3/4 inches (183 x 142 x 4 centimetres)
Commonwealth (pants) 2016 Hand-dyed discount clothing between stretched muslin 56 x 42 x 1 3/4 inches (142 x 107 x 4 centimetres)
Legwork 2017 Fabric remnant, thread, poly-pellets 20 x 26 x 3 inches (51 x 66 x 7 centimetres)
Commonwealth (v-neck, mock neck) 2016 Hand-dyed discount clothing between stretched muslin 32 x 32 x 3/4 inches (81 x 81 x 2 centimetres)
Seed Work 2017 Fabric remnant on quilted and stretched muslin 56 x 72 x 1 3/4 inches (142 x 183 x 4 centimetres)
Lightness of heart and firmness of foot 2016 Yo-yo quilt: hand-dyed muslin thread 43 x 80 inches (109 x 203 centimetres) Support: cotton gauze, cotton canvas, thread and inflatable dunnage bag 48 x 84 inches (122 x 213 centimetres) x variable depth
Softlines (landscape)* 2016 79 pairs of hand-dyed men’s, women’s and children’s dollar store socks, 1 vacuum seal storage bag Size varies; to be packed and resealed as required *second iteration