ANCESTORS SAY, 2014
Ten pairs of white leather gloves, ten pairs of black leather gloves, thread; mounted on linen; 48 x 32 inches.
ANCESTORS SAY (detail)
Three pairs of leather gloves, buckram, thread; wall mounted; 12 x 16 inches.
TROUBLE AND THEN SOME, 2014
Leather gloves, glove remnants, thread; mounted on linen; 29 x 22 inches.
NOW WHAT, 2014
Leather glove, garment leather, thread; mounted on linen; 9 x 13 inches.
Now What 2014-2016
NOW WHAT begins with an intention to use my growing collection of gloves in aggregate, and to rely on the narrative inherent in the material. I approach the objects as small hides (or creatures flayed.) With thumb pieces and finger gussets removed, the flattened glove-skins are stitched by hand into repeating symmetrical motifs. I refer for inspiration to readings about the earliest hide garments, and the origins of ancient ancestral patterns in simple alternating hide colors and shapes. The results suggest masks or totems but it is the evidence of wear--the stains, smudges, and wrinkles--that evokes, for me, ghosts.
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