The Power to Choose, 2015, Tapestry fragments woven on a computerized loom, 99" x 120" overall
The tattered and torn contemporary weavings in “Fragmentia” consider the idea that the allegorical narratives of a Eurocentric past are only articulated in pieces and never wholes. These textiles were made using a multi-step process of digital imaging techniques and computerized weaving technology. First, individual figures, sculptures, and flowers were captured as digital images in a photo studio as well as on location. These elements were then digitally collaged together as ensemble groups that resemble the compositions of sixteenth-century Italianate and Flemish compositions. Once the files were completed, they were then woven at life-sized on a computerized jacquard loom. After being woven, the works were then torn apart to produce an incomplete picture and a visual narrative with details and context that is never fully disclosed.