Toxic Frock : This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, 2016
84" x 156" x 10", canvas, trim, oil paint, gouache, thread, acrylic paint, found objects, dimensional fabric paint, fabric, grommets
This piece is from my recent series of tapestries that was exhibited at The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Art in Melbourne, Florida.
The exhibit title was Transformers: Re-contextualizing Our Material Culture and was curated by contemporary artist China Marks.
My statement for this body of work:
I create illustrative and adorned tapestries out of objects that are becoming trash: a child’s shoe, a rag, a Disney figurine, false teeth, an Ikea carpet. They all have stories to tell. I consider the people who designed and manufactured these things to be my collaborators, even though I don't know them. By smashing, wrapping, embroidering and sewing these objects into canvas and other pliable surfaces I combine their stories into larger topographical narratives. By merging them with detailed drawings, paintings, and printed patterns, I add my stories to theirs. My imagery is inspired by pop culture, politics, children's book illustrations, botanicals and publications about the degradation of our planet - and by the panic and confusion they stir in me. I often credit authors and combine the titles of their writings with the titles of my tapestries because I want to highlight their important well-researched work.
Traditional tapestries are combinations of fine art and craft, object and image, “woman’s work” and “man’s work.” They are narrative and functional. They bring together techniques and materials that have since been hierarchically separated. That is why this flexible format seems a perfect fit for my mixed material, mixed technique, high and low, conceptual and crafty work.