Landscape - Front
Hand embroidery on wool / 159hrs of Seed stitch
100 x 100cm
This is the first iteration of this work, it will continue to transform over the next year.
In this work, I explore the mapping of space and marking of time as a central theme. It is through craft processes and making that I investigate time and place. Using hand embroidery I record my time through multiples of dots and meticulously stitched. Each drawn mark or stitch is a mantra; the stitches become markers of lived time. This seemingly humble, inconsequential repetitive action is often
overlooked, being dismissed as part of the mundane. Connotations of the domestic reduce
these actions to the field of the home, of the amateur for me however, it restores a sense of
order and informs a deeper comprehension and connection to the world. There is intimacy
in this labour-intensive way of making; the ritual and repetition create internal Space-Time
specific to the artist.
Time is also a key element within Wabi-sabi, where the material representation of the
changing world is an essential aspect of this Japanese aesthetic. It celebrates the beauty of
imperfection and champions the uniqueness of the handmade. Wabi-sabi highlights the beauty that arrives with age, the texture and patterns of wear and tear or visible repair. These traces of time are a starting point for this work. These patterns are part of my everyday; a place you pass routinely, the metal tread of a station entrance or the shadow created by the morning sunlight. It is taking notice of these, removing them from their context, that elevates the mundane to a higher status. London, the city I now live in, is full of these moments, beautiful and unnoticed. Through embroidery, I try to capture these moments and landscapes. The embroidered composition created is my landscape. The patterns allude to the celestial cellular but are also viewed as an acknowledgment of my presence.
The work is displayed so that the viewer can walk around the entire piece, revealing the front and the reverse of the work. Landscape represents my physical marks, the gesture of my hand and it both haptic and tacit but also represents the law of thermodynamics, the visual interplay of energy and work and our perception of time which manifests itself to us as the increase of disorder. It is about the randomness of the system and the lack of predictability and the gradual decline of order into disorder.