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South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Hawaiian Language Lessons – Flat Tire
The Hawaiian Language Lessons series, 5 pieces made in 2010, are small-scale formally composed playful pieces that use out of the ordinary found-object text fragments translating significant words from the texts into the rather obscure Hawaiian language. Finding a Hawaiian dictionary in a resale shop was truly serendipitous and pivotal to the development of this series.
Equally serendipitous is the found text in Flat Tire, a small note I discovered attached to the windshield of my car in a public parking lot. The unique handwriting style coupled with the kind cautionary sentiment made it “art-worthy” to me. I enjoy transforming mundane parts of daily life into compositions that call attention to commonplace spirit. Materials in this piece include pencil on paper note found on my car windshield, text segments cut from Hawaiian/English dictionary, fragments of antique black lace, glass beads, and stitching, all collaged onto copper-colored silk backing fabric.
Recent collage work and art quilts focus on found antique ladies handkerchiefs, vintage printed and embroidered souvenir hankies, and other old domestic cloth fragments. These found materials are often collaged with pieces of cast-off handwritten letters and notes, all tokens of remembrance.
By merging many layers and elements I create work that offers sentimental recollection and personal introspection, while referencing a forgotten past time when handwritten letters and notes were the only form of communication, and personal articles such as ladies handkerchiefs functioned as a symbol of propriety and were often exchanged as souvenirs and tokens of remembrance.