Oct. 2-23, 2022
2025 West Belmont Ave, storefront
Chicago, IL 60618
Vestige reflects on my great grandmother Emily’s experience during the Great Influenza of 1918, and our shared experience of raising children during a pandemic. I’m particularly inspired by an antique cushion cover made by her. It’s a long held practice in quilting to repurpose fabric. With this specific piece, Emily transformed remnants from dresses, ties and scarves into something new. The fragments still reflect their origins even as they are dissected and reassembled. I’m drawn to this textile tradition as well as the notion that materials retain memory. As a fiber, paper holds the history of every mark, tear, stain and dent on its surface. For Vestige I painted on and then cut my daughter’s drawings from the Lockdown. I pull shapes from the contours of her drawings as well as the patterns in my great grandmother’s work. This process enables me to add my voice to Emily’s artistic lineage.