“Fragmentia”
2012-2015

Using historic tapestry design and quasi-allegorical figures to personify European art history, these contemporary weavings embody the idea that the narratives of the past are only passed down in pieces and never wholes. The images in these textiles are made in a multi-step process that bridges computerized and tactile approaches to imagemaking. First, individual figures, sculptures, and flowers are captured as digital images in the photo studio and in the field. These elements are then assembled together in Photoshop as ensemble groups that resemble the compositions of sixteenth-century Italianate and Flemish paintings. Once these image files are finalized, they are then woven at life-sized on a computerized jacquard loom. Finally, these objects are then torn apart in order to produce an incomplete picture of a visual narrative that is never fully disclosed.

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

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