“Fragmentia”
2012-2015

“Fragmentia” is a series of fragmented jacquard tapestry weavings that explore the idea that culture is only ever handed down to the present in pieces and never wholes. Using historic tapestry design as a vehicle to personify European art history, its characters, and its movements, the tattered textiles in this series are visually made up of layers upon layers of disparate pieces. The images in the tapestries are shot in the photo studio, collaged together and colorized in Photoshop, and then woven on a computerized loom – only to be torn up. Ultimately these allegories produce an incomplete picture and a story that is never fully disclosed.

The weavings consider the visual culture of the past without being fully faithful to its recreation: all of the compositions in this series are contemporary adaptations and not necessarily historic quotations. Using this license as a means of interpretation, the works further problematize the authenticity that is presumed with tapestry as a means of making, especially by hand, in that the cartoons are produced using digital photographic imaging and those files are woven using a computerized loom.

High Drama, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

High Drama, Detail, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

High Drama, Detail, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

The Power to Choose, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

The Power to Choose, Detail, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

The Power to Choose, Detail, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall

Allegory of Art History, 2012, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 96" x 54" overall

Allegory of Art History, Detail, 2012, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 96" x 54" overall

The Hard Way, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 72" x 84" overall

A Stronghold made from Harm and Good, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 70" x 24"

Cat with Bust, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 40" x 36"

Mask with Wreath, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 34" x 31"

Installation view of Fragmentia at Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC, 2015

Installation view of Fragmentia at Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC, 2015