High Drama, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall
"Fragmentia" is a series of fragmented jacquard tapestry weavings that embody the idea that the visual culture of the past is only ever handed down to the present in pieces and never in wholes. Using Flemish and Italian allegorical figures as a vehicle by which to personify art history, its characters, and its movements, the tattered textiles in this series are layers upon layers of different pieces of a picture that is never fully disclosed. The process for these works started in the lighting studio, in which figures were photographed to be composited later. At the same time, architectural, sculptural, and floral elements were photographed at historic sites, museums, and gardens for the same purpose. In the compositing phase of the process, archived images, specifically shot for this project, were selected and then cut-out in order to be juxtaposed together in a new composite collage. The finalized digital image files were then sent to a mill where they were woven on a computerized jacquard loom. Once woven, the textile pieces were then abraded, torn, and fragmented into the present works.