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