"Narrative Rewritten: West Texas View"
August 1-September 27, 2014
Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
Exploring the landscape of Caprock Canyons State Park through the deconstruction of both handmade and mass produced textiles to reveal the connection, comfort, and ephemeral nature of what we leave behind.
“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” ― David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
The memory of a life is retained in fibers. It keeps an individual’s taste in color and pattern, where a person comes from, or their beliefs. The smell of a single thread can reveal the scent of their life. The weave of fibers keeps that life together, becoming a filter and holding in the small particles it catches.
In my work, I experience lives through the soft goods that live with people. By deconstructing the fibers that people live with thread by thread, I learn about those who have made these wares and who has owned them. I unravel these pieces to find the aspects of a person between the threads of a textile and reveal what is hidden in them.
My work is realized through installation. It is given a new identity and picks up new characteristics as the dust of the space accumulates around it. It also leaves a part of itself behind when the delicate fibers get tossed around over the time it is there.
With time, things that were previously owned can lose their origin. Fibers are washed, a new owner puts their own self into the old, the fabric is cut and remade into new things, or simply thrown out and left to deteriorate in a landfill, lost in less than a lifetime from decay. This rewriting, overlap, and loss are all things that my work addresses.
The viewer walks away from my work feeling the connection, comfort, and the knowledge of the ephemeral nature of what we leave behind.