FORE & AFT
Solo exhibition installed @ James Watrous Gallery, November 16, 2018-January 27, 2019
Matrilineal investigates the lonely and uncanny experience I had in my daughter's first year of life. In a desperate attempt to remember an epiphany I had in this year, I formed a symbol; three chalices stacked upon one another as an ever advancing arrow. It took time to realize this symbol was remarkably similar to the Enlistment Rankings proudly displayed on the shoulders of Naval uniforms; it felt as though I had become a member with honors in the sisterhood of motherhood.
In Fore & Aft, I continue to explore the intersection of maritime culture and textiles. Examining the role of fabric at sea both practically and metaphorically. Staysail presents the first evidence of a shipwreck, Y.H.W. displays the resolute bravery of a mother in the face of tragedy, and Daughter’s Ladder is an arduous yet vulnerable net. Collectively, these works explore the intricacy of matrilineal heritage, the complexities of aging, and the contradictory desire to embrace and release simultaneously.