Portfolio > Women in Stitches

Women artists throughout history often had to make difficult decisions and sacrifices to disregard conventional, societal expectations in order to forge professional careers as painters, sculptors and photographers.

Representing them in “stitches” is my metaphor for a laugh at the criticism they often encountered, but also ironically uses a form that is historically considered “women’s work”. For this project I was able to combine the traditional craft of embroidery with my professional experience in painting and drawing. I find, not so surprisingly, that the activities demand the same formal, compositional and observational qualities. Building an image with thread is the same as with any mark-making material.

I chose “stitches” to depict and honor a few of these extraordinary icons through what is generally considered a domestic art form—something they eschewed in their own lives.


Installation
embroidery
each appox. 3"x3.5"
Installation 1
cotton embroidery
each appox 3"x3.5"
Edmonia Lewis
cotton thread
2 5/8"x3"
Meret Oppenheim
cotton thread
2.5"x 3"
Georgia O'Keefe
cotton thread
3"x3.5"
Georgia O'Keefe
cotton thread
3"x3.5"
Georgia O'Keeffe
thread
3"x3.8"
Miriam Shapiro
cotton thread
3"x3"
Louise Nevelson
thread
3.4"x4.2"
Grace Hartigan
cotton thread
3.5"x3.2"
Mary Cassatt
thread
3"x4"
Louise Bourgeois
thread
3.4"x4"
Catherine Wiley
embroidery
3"x3.25"
Eva Hess
2 3/4x3 1/2
 Elaine de Kooning
thread
2.6"x3.2"
Cindy Sherman
thread
3.5"x4.7"
Bessie Harvey
2 5/8x3 1/2
Paula Modersohn-Becker
cotton thread
4"x3.5"
Alice Neel
thread
3.7"x4.6"
Elizabeth Murray
thread
3"x4"
Berthe Morisot
thread
3.4"x4.4"
Joan Mitchell
thread
3.5"x3.1"
Ana Mendieta
thread
3"x3.2"
Agnes Martin
thread
3.5"x4.3"
Judith Leyster
thread
2.6"x3"
Lee Krasner
thread
3"x3.3"
Kathe Kollwitz
thread
4"x4.4"
Frida Kahlo
thread
3.8"x4.7"
Artemisia Gentileschi
thread
3.2"x3.5"
Helen Frankenthaler
thread
3"x3.6"
Isabel Bishop
thread
3"x3.5"
Diane Arbus
thread
3"x4"
Anni Albers
thread
3"x2.5"
Nancy Spero
thread
3"x3.8"
Suzanne Valadon
thread
2.7"x3.2"
Sonia Delaunay
thread
2.5"x3.2"
 Katarina Riesing
cotton thread
2.5"x2.25"