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Self Location

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I just realized that I hadn’t put up the finished piece “Self Location (Aurora Hunt)” that I finished this spring.  Since I’m currently working on a new embroidered text piece it made sense to put it up.


Mixed Media: Embroidery on computer-printed linen and silk organsa, map pins. 5’x 5′

This gives an idea of the composition as a whole.  Here are a few detail shots as well.

topleft detailThis one gives you a peek at the inclusion of online elements.  I find that even when using computers less and being somewhat more “off the grid” and working by hand computers and the internet seem to maintain a background presence at all times now.  They are a huge part of how we locate ourselves in the world both physically and socially.

The transparent layer is a traditional road-map and the top layer of my own experiences is in hand embroidery.  Below you can get an idea of the effect that emotion can have on even the same person’s hand-writing (mine in this case).

kiruna detailEach postcard-sized print was a location we stopped at.  These two were a strong contrast in experiences and the contrast comes out in the writing.

This is part of what I’m exploring in this new participatory piece using embroidered text- what handwriting tells us which digital print does not.  What becomes more person and meaningful when it is done by hand.

Written by Mary Corey March

July 30, 2013 at 12:11 am

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